Growing Rural Prosperity

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Organization Name
Growing Rural Prosperity
English-Language Website URL
Type of organization
Year Founded
Lead Photo For Profile
HQ Location: City, Country
Cambridge, MA, USA
HQ Mailing Address
130 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
130 Bishop Allen Drive
2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
+1 (617) 661 5792

Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund, has more than 15 years of experience in impact investing and specializes in agricultural lending. William (“Willy”) Fulbright Foote founded Root Capital in 1999, seeking to bring financing to rural small and growing businesses. Our very first loan went to a cardamom and coffee cooperative in Guatemala. Since our founding, we have disbursed more than $740 million in credit to over 530 businesses in Africa and Latin America. Click here to learn more about our history.


Sectors of Activity
Economic Empowerment,

Root Capital is a social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America.

We lend capital, deliver financial training, and strengthen market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Our lending is directed towards businesses that are too big for microfinance, but unable to secure credit from conventional commercial banks – “the missing middle” of developing-world finance.

Root Capital seeks to maximize the positive social and environmental impact of our work through a three-pronged strategy: finance, advise, and catalyze. Click here to learn more about our approach.

Country (or countries) where active
Central America, Mexico & Caribbean, South America; East Africa, West Africa