By Patrick Helle
Who is he?
Willy Foote is the founder and CEO of Root Capital. He is a Yale graduate and worked on Wall Street for several years. In 1999, Foote founded Root Capital. Since founding Root Capital, Willy has won several awards, including being named to the Forbes Impact 30.
Root Capital is a not for profit charity organization that helps to fund rural communities in environmentally challenged areas of the world. This includes most of Africa and South America. They lend capital to these communities, as well as help to develop a small business market in order to make greater profits for the inhabitants.