Root Capital and Investing in Women are partnering to promote women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia by financing agricultural enterprises owned or led by women. Root Capital is a pioneer in the gender lens investing movement. The organization launched its Women in Agriculture Initiative in 2012 and is committed to working with other capital providers to drive a greater focus on gender equity within the impact investing and agricultural finance sectors. Reaching more than 270,000 women producers annually, Root Capital finances agricultural businesses that actively create jobs and opportunities for women.
Investing in Women has committed AUD 2 million to Root Capital for the initial, year-long phase of a planned ten-year program. The project focuses on lending to women-led small- and medium-sized agricultural businesses in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The initial investment will support Root Capital’s market research, exploration in three countries and will also fund lending to a small number of women-led agricultural enterprises in Indonesia, where Root Capital has built a lending presence over the last three years. For more information: https://rootcapital.org/