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.