Root Capital

Cambridge, MA

Root Capital
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Root Capital


Root Capital is a nonprofit focused on fundraising related to international, foreign affairs and national security. With $22.3m in revenue and 66 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 2001, Root Capital is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 84% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $20.9m.

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Root Capital seeks to increase incomes and stabilize employment for farmers in africa, south-east asia, and latin America. Root Capital does this through a proven channel: support for agricultural businesses that collect and market the crops of thousands of farmers.

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$13.5m annual program spend • Root Capital provides agricultural businesses with a unique combination of capital, training and access to global markets to help them grow. These core activities comprise a three-prong strategy: finance, advise, catalyze. Please refer to the organizations website for further information and statistics on program accomplishments. Finance: Root Capital typically provides loans ranging from $50,000 to $3 million to rural small and growing businesses, especially those businesses not currently reached by commercial lenders.


$2.5m annual program spend • Root Capital's advisory services program provides targeted financial training to current and prospective clients so they have the financial management skills they need to grow and sustain their businesses. Root Capital's financial advisory services (fas) are designed to prepare businesses with growth potential to qualify for credit, to shepherd more prospective clients into our portfolio, and to mitigate the risk of lending to these businesses.


$1.6m annual program spend • Root Capital, . Seeks to catalyze a thriving financial market to support historically underserved rural small and growing businesses. The program's strategy is to: - innovate - conduct r&d, study impact at the household and business levels, and look for ways to increase impact. - accelerate - share learning from work with like-minded peers to build common standards and practices necessary for the industry to thrive and scale.

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We invest in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they become engines of impact that transform rural communities.

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In order to address some of the world's most fundamental challenges—feeding the future, preserving the planet, and securing peace—we need to focus on 2.5 billion people. That's the number who are dependent on small-scale farming for their livelihoods. Many of them are feeding the rest of the world, yet they are not getting enough to eat. Many live hundreds of miles from accessible markets, without the roads to reach them.

Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises that support these smallholder farmers. We seek out enterprises whose credit needs are too big for microfinance and too small or risky for commercial banks. We provide loans ranging from about $200,000 to $2 million specially tailored to harvest and sales cycles. To help businesses grow over the long-term, we mix that financing with highly-customized training to strengthen their financial management, governance, and agronomic capacity.

With growth, these businesses become engines of impact that can raise incomes and create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace, and preserve vulnerable ecosystems.

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Founded in 1999 by Willy Foote, Root Capital works in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. We supply agricultural businesses with financial capital and training to help them grow. We've worked with more than 700 clients, representing 1.3 million farmers and their families and $4.6 billion in economic activity. All in some of the world's most vulnerable communities.

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