Where? Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia
Focus: Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities.
Who should we know about? Dora Lisa Carrión Gómez is the head of the women's group of APROCASSI, a coffee cooperative in Northern Peru. After checking in on the women's group's cafe in the morning, she heads to the coffee farm she inherited from her parents, where she works until sunset. She then returns to the cafe at peak evening hours, often staying until 11p.m. or midnight. Among all of this, she still finds time to raise her young son.
APROCASSI supplies women-produced coffee to large, U.S.-based coffee brand. The coffee brand pays the women’s group an additional $10,000 per container—a premium that Dora Lisa and her team have invested in projects that benefit the entire community, such as a small store that sells necessary provisions and nutritious food at an affordable price.
Root Capital began financing APROCASSI in 2004 with a $92,000 loan. Over the last 13 years, we have supported APROCASSI’s substantial growth with more than $15.8 million in cumulative financing, as well as tailored advisory services on topics like financial planning, accounting and cash flow management. “Women have always been discriminated against,” says Dora Lisa. “But when I joined APROCASSI in 2006, I saw this new reality. A reality where women could work, could advance. A reality where women could have power.” Read the full story here.