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Programs: Trickle Up currently works in five countries and partners with 58 community-based organizations to implement our programs. We complement our partners' initiatives in the areas of community development, agriculture, women's empowerment, health (especially HIV/AIDS), and serving people with disabilities by providing training and critical capital to start a microenterprise, as well as helping participants form self-sustaining savings groups. Trickle Up participants start a wide range of livelihood activities, including producing and selling agricultural and food products, small animal husbandry, creating and selling crafts, and providing an array of personal care services. Every year, we help more than 10,000 participants start sustainable livelihoods with increased and more stable income, membership in a savings group and training in financial literacy and skills.


Trickle Up empowers people living on less than $1.25 a day to take the first steps out of poverty, providing them with resources to build sustainable livelihoods for a better quality of life. In partnership with local agencies, we provide training and seed capital grants to launch or expand a microenterprise and savings support to build assets.

• In 2011, nearly 7,279 new participants started or expanded microenterprises.
• For every person who launches a Trickle Up livelihood, an average of 5 people benefit, which means that in 2011 over 40,000 people benefited from increased household income.
• 98% of participants are women and 14% of participants are affected by disabilities.
• Results from our programs worldwide based on the definitions of success:

Definition #1: Less Vulnerable to Shocks and Trends:
86% of participants in Mali increased their income after one year.

Definition #2: Livelihood Activities are Diversified, Dignified, Productive and Sustainable:
66% of participants in India diversified their income by expanding into more than one livelihood activity.

Definition #3: A Fair and Effective Means to Save and Access Credit:
In Guatemala, more than 1/3 of participants took out a loan, with 92% of the loans put towards starting or growing a business.

Definition #4: Improved Access to Available Basic Social Services:
In the past 18 months, 37% more participants in India are giving birth at health centers rather than at home, reducing maternal & child mortality.

Definition #5: A Better Quality of Life:
Over the course of three years, 88% of participants in Mali report eating three meals per day.

Definition #6: Significant Progress Towards Economic and Social Empowerment:
Four times as many Guatemalan women no longer need to ask permission to make purchases.

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I have been associated with Trickle Up almost from the beginning in 1979. It is a fabulous organization doing important work among the poorest of the world's poor. It is well managed; almost all the money goes to programs. Every year it grows a bit, as it certainly should. I can't rate it high ... more »
My time at Trickle Up lasted 4 months and I can safely assert that Trickle Up is probably the best managed Non-Profit organization I was fortunate enough to work in. The staff are dedicated to uplifting the very poor from the trenches of poverty and you feel that energy in the office. It also helps ... more »
I interned with Trickle Up in the Summer of 2009 with Jo Sanson, the head of Metrics. Jo was incredibly empowering as a boss. She gave me the opportunity to build a variety of data entry, validation, and analysis tools that I used to measure the impact of grants given to more than a dozen ... more »
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