About Us

About Us

Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.

Our approach

Our Clients

Root Capital clients are farmer associations and private businesses that help build sustainable livelihoods by aggregating hundreds, or even thousands of rural producers in Africa and Latin America.

Our Portfolio

Our Results

Since 1999, Root Capital has disbursed more than $500 million in credit to over 400 businesses in Africa and Latin America. Learn more about Root Capital’s impact on our clients’ businesses, farm families, and the environment.

Our Impact

Our Story

Root Capital Timeline

Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund, has more than 10 years of experience in impact investing. Learn more about Root Capital’s history.

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Our Team

Mary-Helen Nsangou
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Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration

Mary-Helen, or “MH,” is Director of Human Resources at Root Capital’s headquarters in Cambridge.

Mary-Helen, or “MH,” is Director of Human Resources at Root Capital’s headquarters in Cambridge. Before joining Root Capital, MH served as Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation; she also held prior roles in community organizing, program development, fundraising, and as associate director. MH served as a Peace Corps volunteer in community development in Cameroon, where she worked with rural women’s groups on cooperative agriculture projects and helped them to access micro-finance focused on food security. MH completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. in Ethics from Wesleyan University.  She is currently completing her MBA at Bentley University.

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