Root Capital is an agricultural impact investor 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.
They began lending to rural grassroots businesses to provide access to affordable credit for sustainable enterprises that stimulate economic growth and environmental stewardship in the developing world. They have honed a model that channels capital to these businesses when they need it most while mitigating the risks that have kept them isolated from mainstream financial markets for so long.
Root Capital’s lending is directed towards businesses that are too big for microfinance, but generally unable to secure credit from conventional commercial banks – “the missing middle” of developing-world finance.
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.
Since 1999, Root Capital has disbursed more than $900 million in credit to over 600 businesses in Africa and Latin America. Learn more about Root Capital’s impact on the clients’ businesses, farm families, and the environment.