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Así es como David Lozano de Root Capital trabaja para redefinir el ‘machismo’ en México

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Jul 6, 2015 4:09:00 PM


Inversión con un enfoque en la igualdad de género. Half the Sky.  HeForShe. Lean In.

Durante los últimos años el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres se ha convertido en un tema predominante entre periodistas, profesionales del desarrollo internacional, inversionistas y empresas internacionales por igual.

A pesar de que el interés en estos temas de la igualdad de género ha ido creciendo significativamente, David Lozano, quien trabaja en México como Coordinador de servicios de asesoría financiera para Root Capital, ya había iniciado a dedicar su trabajo a esta problemática desde hace 20 años, analizando el impacto que las desigualdades de género tienen en las personas, en las familias y en las comunidades en general.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services, En Español, Staff Profiles

How Root Capital's David Lozano is Redefining ‘Machismo’ in Mexico

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Jul 2, 2015 12:22:00 PM

David Lozano

Half the Sky. Gender-lens investing. HeforShe. Lean In.

Over the last several years, women’s economic empowerment has become a prevalent theme among journalists, international development practitioners, investors, and global companies alike.

While mainstream interest in these issues has only recently piqued, Chiapas-based David Lozano, Root Capital’s Financial Advisory Services Coordinator for Mexico, has spent the last 20 years exploring gender inequality and its impact on individuals, families, and communities throughout the country.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, Mexico and Central America, Advisory Services, Staff Profiles

15 Voices: An Interview with Rosario Castellon

Posted by Root Capital  |  Dec 22, 2014 1:05:00 PM


Our next 15 Voices interview is with Rosario Castellon, Root Capital's former senior loan officer in Nicaragua. 

Born and raised in the rural town of Condega, Nicaragua, Rosario co-founded the country’s first fair trade coffee cooperative in the early 1990s.  She went on to run supplier relations for sustainable business pioneer Equal Exchange before joining Oxfam, where she led a groundbreaking collaboration between Mexico’s largest farmer cooperative, Oxfam, Starbucks and the Ford Foundation.  In 2005, Rosario brought her incredible experience and deep commitment to farm families to Root Capital as a senior loan officer. During her nine-year tenure at Root Capital from 2005 - 2014, Rosario helped build our operations in Latin America, bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to advance our mission. 

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Topics: Staff Profiles, Our Community

A Glimpse from the Field: Seeing Peru through My Eyes

Posted by Benjamin Schmerler  |  Dec 3, 2014 3:02:00 PM

If you’ve ever been to Peru, you know that there’s almost a magical energy that permeates the country. The colors, the food, the crazy geographical diversity, the cultural heritage, pride and resilience of its remarkable people – although I’ve been to Peru many times, its novelty truly never fades and my love for it grows deeper with each plate of ceviche.

A few weeks ago, I accompanied a small group of Root Capital investors on a trip to the Peruvian countryside, getting a first-hand perspective of Root Capital’s impact by visiting coffee clients and a potential nut client in the San Martin region in the central Andes. As I boarded my flight home, I left feeling inspired and energized by the things we saw, the stories we heard, and the people we met. I think we all did.

Here are a few memorable moments from the trip: 


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Topics: South America, Staff Profiles, Stories of Impact

Seeing Impact with My Own Eyes

Posted by Faina Rozental  |  Nov 6, 2014 11:15:40 AM

Faina Rozental

Root Capital's impact associate, Faina Rozental, touring a banana cooperative in Piura, Peru

At the heart of my work as an impact associate with Root Capital is analyzing our clients’ social impact data collected by our loan officers. Aggregated, this data gives us a bird’s eye view of how clients across our portfolio likely impact farmer and employee livelihoods. For example, we know that in 2013, 62 percent of our client enterprises paid farmers a higher price than the local market price and 86 percent provided agronomic technical assistance.

Recently, I had an opportunity to step away from my Excel spreadsheets in Cambridge, and headed south to arid and sweltering Piura, Peru. There, I spent two days visiting organic banana associations with Cecilia Yañez, an investment analyst with Root Capital’s South America partner ACCDER, and ACCDER’s financial analyst Ana Lucia Trujillo.

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Topics: South America, Staff Profiles, Stories of Impact

Providing Knowledge through Training in West Africa

Posted by Root Capital  |  Mar 20, 2014 5:20:00 PM

Mireille William


Working out of Root Capital's hub in Dakar, Senegal, Mireille William oversees our Financial Advisory Services (FAS) program throughout West Africa.

Earlier this week, we had a chance to catch up with her about the experiences that brought her to Root Capital and her vision for FAS in West Africa.

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Topics: West Africa, Advisory Services, Staff Profiles