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Root Capital's Impact in 2019

Posted by Root Capital  |  Mar 11, 2020 12:40:20 PM

blank-png-1x1Last year, we partnered with agricultural enterprises to unlock prosperity in some of the most economically and environmentally vulnerable regions of the world. With the help of our donors and investors, we reached more than three million people in rural households. Thank you for supporting our mission to build prosperous, inclusive, and resilient rural communities.

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Topics: News and Announcements, Stories of Impact

These Guatemalan Farmers Are Harnessing the Power of Digital Data With Help From Root Capital

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Feb 28, 2020 2:39:24 PM

Two cooperative employees crowded around a computer with one pointing at the screen and the other looking on.

Since the advent of the internet, digital technology has revolutionized the coffee industry. Buyers price their contracts with algorithmic software. Roasters optimize the flavor of their beans by controlling heat to a fraction of a degree. Even baristas use high-tech kits to test the chemical makeup of their brews. But while the world has changed around them, many coffee farmers have been left out.

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Topics: Environment, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods, Digital Business Intelligence

What We've Learned About Evaluating Impact in Rural Communities

Posted by Katie Naeve  |  Feb 27, 2020 2:44:54 PM

Note: This blog post is the third in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures and manages the impact of our lending. Read parts one and two

Several years ago, a mango farmer in Burkina Faso told us something that forever changed our approach to impact evaluation.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community

Better Coffee, Better Livelihoods: Lessons from Our Second Joint Workshop with Intelligentsia

Posted by Lula Perez  |  Jan 28, 2020 9:00:32 AM

A group photo of the participants and facilitators of the ECWx workshop at the closing ceremony.

"What coffee variety do you think has the lowest quality?” Intelligentsia Coffee’s Director of Sourcing and Shared Value Michael Sheridan asked this question to a room of farmers and business leaders in Honduras last month. “Lempira!” came the unanimous reply. Michael asked a follow-up question: “What is the variety you have planted most on your farms?” Again, the room called out in unison, “Lempira!”

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact

Cómo la tecnología digital puede democratizar el acceso a la información para las empresas rurales

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Dec 10, 2019 10:25:48 AM

Mobile Tech Feature

La versión original de este blog apareció en inglés en el sitio web del Pace Able Foundation.

El pueblo de Lonya Grande se encuentra en la región montañosa de Amazonas en Perú. Es aquí a horas en carro de la ciudad más cerca donde la cooperativa CECAFE tiene su sede. Los y las socias de la cooperativa viven aún más alejados y deben atravesar por caminos sinuosos próximos al Parque Nacional Cutervo.

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Topics: South America, Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, En Español, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods, Digital Business Intelligence

Predicting Social and Environmental Impact Through Due Diligence

Posted by Elizabeth Teague  |  Nov 18, 2019 5:04:01 PM


Note: This blog post is the second in a four-part series exploring how Root Capital measures our impact and that of our clients on farming communities around the world. Read part one here. 

Agricultural enterprises are changemakers in rural communities. They have the ability to improve livelihoods, conserve the environment, and generate opportunities for women and young people. To be a force for good, however, these enterprises must adopt sound business practices that are sustainable, inclusive, and financially responsible.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community