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How can we improve the livelihoods of the two billion people in rural communities who earn less than $2 per day?

That’s always been the question that's driven us. We want to unlock opportunity for hardworking farmers. We know agricultural businesses are the key.

In the communities where these two billion people live, agriculture is by far the biggest industry. When agricultural businesses thrive, they can link more farmers to markets, create more jobs, and deliver higher incomes. All it takes is a single business to change the lives of hundreds of people.

In this month's newsletter, we're breaking down exactly how a gift to Root Capital puts more money in the pockets of smallholder farmers. Our CEO and founder Willy Foote shares how networking with other entrepreneurs helps him achieve more impact for our clients around the world. And we take a moment to celebrate the generosity of supporters like you, who donated thousands of dollars last year to lift up farming communities.

Read on to find out more!

The Root Capital team

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Unlocking Opportunity for Those Who Need It Most

When you support Root Capital, you strengthen agricultural businesses that help break the cycle of poverty for millions around the world. Read our latest blog post to learn how it works.

Need a visual? Check out our infographic on how rural businesses improve farmer livelihoods.

Tendrel members at the Skoll World Forum. Photo by Tendrel

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs To Tap Into A Network of Peers

Leading an organization—whether it's a nonprofit or a coffee cooperative—presents unique challenges. You need peers who can support, educate, and challenge you to be the most effective leader you can be. Our CEO, Willy Foote, wrote about how he built a network with fellow social entrepreneurs—and why every entrepreneur should seek out these connections.

Get the full story in Willy's latest piece on

Thank you!

This giving season, your generosity broke records.

In the last few months of 2018, contributors to our end-of-year campaign raised over $80,000 for Root Capital. Every dollar raised unlocks $25 in income for smallholder farmers… meaning that your gifts will help us generate $2 million in additional income for thousands of rural families. You helped make this our most generous giving season in Root Capital's 18-year history.

Thank you, once again, for your incredible commitment and spirit. We couldn't do our work without you.

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Photos © Sean Hawkey, Tendrel, and Root Capital

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