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Root Capital

Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund, grows rural prosperity by investing in small and growing agricultural businesses that build sustainable livelihoods in Africa and Latin America. They provide loans ranging from $50,000 to $2 million to rural small and growing businesses, especially those businesses not currently reached by commercial lenders. Most Root Capital loans can be categorized as Short-term trade credit and Pre-Harvest loans or Long-term fixed-asset loans. Root Capital’s lending supports sustainable environmental practices that protect rural ecosystems. Crops processed and marketed by Root Capital clients include shade-grown coffee and cocoa, farm-grown fruits and vegetables, and wild-harvested products such as shea nuts.