Source: Sister District Project
Source: Center for Prison Education
2 billion people in rural areas across the developing world live on under $2 a day, many of them farming to feed the rest of the world while not getting enough to eat themselves. Without access to capital and viable markets for their crops, millions of small-scale farmers are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Root Capital’s mission is to address this issue by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for these small agricultural businesses. In pursuit of this mission, the organization has disbursed $1.2B in loans and trained over 1,000 businesses, helping to increase the livelihood of more than 500,000 rural families. Propel has partnered with Root Capital since 2008 and continues to proudly support the organization’s innovative efforts to grow prosperity for rural farmers.
For more than 55 years, Vera has worked tirelessly to advance policies and practices that ensure equality in the American justice system. As innovative thought leaders who challenge the status quo and build coalitions, Vera is able to create real and meaningful change in areas of prison reform, immigration rights, and racial & minority justice. Vera’s Restoring Promise Initiative works with corrections agencies, starting with the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC), to develop an approach for transforming the care and custody of incarcerated young adults nationally.
New Media Ventures is the first mission-driven venture fund and investor network supporting media and tech startups that catalyze progressive change. The organization has mobilized over $60M to 60 non-profit and for-profit startups, including three Propel Democracy partners: Sister District Project, which is harnessing resources in deep blue areas to secure strategic progressive wins in state legislatures, Mijente, which is creating a hub for Latinx and Chicano movement-building, and Indivisible, which supports 6,000+ volunteer-led groups committed to taking action to elect progressive leaders.