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Newsletter | December 2016    

All that these businesses need is an opportunity.

Dear Friend,

Coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo: these high-quality and award-winning beans have been colorfully described as having “a very easy-to-like personality and unthreatening complexity.” But aside from the country’s coffee, so much in the DRC is, in fact, threatening — and at the same time complex.

Political instability and bloodshed have plagued the DRC for decades, especially in the country’s eastern region, leaving farmers scant economic opportunity. Until now...
Continue reading the December Letter from the CEO here


Will you join us today?

Will You Join Us Today?

Did you know that every dollar donated to Root Capital unlocks $25 in income for a farmer in the rural areas we serve?

That means that if everyone reading this gave just $10, we could unlock $750,000 in income for farmers around the world.

When farmer incomes rise, families gain the ability to choose how to spend their money. They can invest in education and healthcare. They can make sustainable improvements to their land. They can buy more nutritious food.

Together, we can create a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable planet by raising incomes for farmers. 

Join us by making a donation to Root Capital today.



“Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier” Published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

"Towards the Efficient Impact Frontier"


To achieve efficient impact at scale, impact investors need analytical tools that will allow them to make decisions in a quantitative, holistic way. In this article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Root Capital’s senior director of strategy and impact, Mike McCreless, describes how Root Capital is adapting tools from mainstream capital markets to ensure that we’re allocating philanthropic and investment funding in the best way.   

Read the rest of Mike's article here. 



New on

"Higher-Purpose Leadership: A Year of Lost and Found"   


Edward T. Foote and Roberta “Bosey” Foote

Whether found through online courses or in overflowing bookshelves, there is no shortage of tips and tricks on how to cultivate the “resumé virtues” that will help us succeed in the workplace. In his latest piece on Forbes, our CEO and founder Willy Foote reflects on the “eulogy virtues” that lead to deeper meaning and purpose — and the family, friends, and leaders who have inspired him by devoting their lives to addressing the greatest needs of the world.  

Read the full piece on Forbes.



New and Noteworthy

  • In this recent blog post, Senior Impact Officer Asya Troychansky reflects on a visit to Shalem Investments, a sorghum business in Kenya and one of the first-ever recipients of a Root Capital Gender Equity Grant (GEG). Read the full post here.
  • Plan on using to purchase gifts this holiday season? Support Root Capital through AmazonSmile, and Amazon will donate a portion of the item’s cost to Root Capital. It’ll sure make us smile! 



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