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Peru's Coffeelands: Where Women are Taking Charge

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Mar 7, 2017 5:21:07 PM

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Dora Lisa Carrión Gómez, president of the women's group at the coffee cooperative APROCASSI. 

Businesswoman. Farmer. Community leader. Mother. Most of us would struggle to be any one of those things. Dora Lisa Carrión Gómez? She’s all four.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America

How One Pioneering Business is Raising Incomes in the Kenyan Highlands

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Jan 27, 2017 9:48:10 AM

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Janet Karea Mutuura, 62, at her compound in Meru, Kenya. 

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition, East Africa, Women in Agriculture

Laying the First Stones towards Gender Equity

Posted by Asya Troychansky  |  Nov 16, 2016 9:31:00 AM

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Women carry stones that will form the foundation of a new sorghum collection and storage center. 

As part of my role with Root Capital, I’m privileged to travel to remote areas in Africa and Latin America to meet with our clients and the smallholder farmers at the core of their business. Recently, I was in Meru, Kenya, with my colleague Erick Sakwa, Root Capital’s Women in Agriculture coordinator for East Africa.

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Topics: East Africa, Women in Agriculture

How this Peruvian Artisan is Running a Business on Her Own Terms

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Oct 12, 2016 11:20:04 AM

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Fany Paty, artisan supplier to Art Atlas, a textile business based in Arequipa, Perú. 

Fany Paty always wanted to run her own business.

Like many entrepreneurs, Fany longed for a job where she could have flexible working hours and a healthy degree of independence. But for Fany, this wasn’t a matter of personal preference. She needed to bring in enough money to provide for her family while still having the time to care for them day-to-day.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America

From 2 A.M. to Sundown: A Day in the Life of Carmen Blandón

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  May 24, 2016 1:35:45 PM

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Carmen Blandón, member of Root Capital client Solidaridad, at her home in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

For 52-year-old Carmen Blandón, her coffee farm is a business. And she’s the boss.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, Central America

"We Cannot Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back"

Posted by Willy Foote  |  Mar 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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With ANS Milling General Manager Kate Achaa, fourth from right, during a recent trip to Ghana with Root Capital colleagues and friends from PFS

“I raise up my voice,” she said, speaking matter-of-factly into the microphone during her first speech at the United Nations back in 2013, “not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard... We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

She, of course, is Malala. A 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, to be exact.

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Topics: Food Security & Nutrition, Women in Agriculture, West Africa, Willy Foote