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

Debra Shapira
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Senior Manager Institutional Relations

Debra oversees the institutional fundraising strategy for the Investor Relations team and is responsible for managing institutional pipeline, effective proposal development, and thoughtful stewardship.

Debra oversees the institutional fundraising strategy for the Investor Relations team and is responsible for managing institutional pipeline, effective proposal development, and thoughtful stewardship. Prior to joining Root Capital, she worked at Sustainable Harvest, Inc as director of development and global programs and as director of technology development. She holds a B.A. in sociology and journalism from Brandeis University.

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