Trickle Up Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   32 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 104 W. 27th St 12th Floor New York NY 10001 USA

Mission:

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.


Results: • 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.
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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Awesome group of people with a sense of heightened awareness for issues that are a top priority!

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Trickle Up ROCKS!!!!!! The company I work for, Newton Running, is involved with Trickle Up and has had an incredible experience doing so.

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We have worked with Trickle Up over the last two years and we have complete confidence in the organization. TU satisfies three primary concerns that often arise when examining an NGO's effectiveness: Have they identified the root causes of an issue? Have they developed a sustainable solution to overcome those issues? And finally, do they have a team that can manage the plan and evaluate progress? We have seen this on paper in TU's regular updates and in person from the beneficiaries of their programs. Trickle Up is focused and efficient in empowering the ultra-poor and their work has become model for similar programs. The overall social return of TU's programs has vastly exceeded the financial investments backing the programs. We looking forward to continuing our support of Trickle Up in 2013. Alex & Claire.

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I became involved with Trickle Up three years ago through a friend. My family and I donate to Trickle Up over other micro-financing/grant organizations because of its commitment to and success at equipping the ultra poor with the knowledge, skills and financial tools (i.e. savings groups and income diversification) needed to weather the inevitable periods of upheaval and scarcity that those in their position face. Through my involvement with the organization I have come to meet a number of its wonderful staff members all of whom exhibit the essential balance of professionalism and passion needed for a non-profit organization to be effective. The organization shows an equal commitment to improving the individual lives of those it works with and to developing ways to work with other non-profit organizations and government agencies so as to maximize its impact on global poverty.

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I have worked with this organisation for 3 years. It has been the best and exclusive experience working with the organisation. The organisation is devoted to the cause of working for the poor. They work in the remotest of the areas and with the poorest of the poor which often is left out by others. In different pats of the globe Trickle Up is working effortlessly to bring people out of poverty with an one-to-one approach, stratezing, developing livelihood plan and building in a sustainable livelihood for each household. The biggest impact they make to these households is making a change in their attitude, building a positive attitude and confidence.

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Trickle Up is one of the only organizations around that has consistently been committed to the poorest of the poor. These are the people who are at such stages of poverty and marginalization that there is a lot of work to be done in training, vigilant follow up, community-building, confidence building, etc even before they are in a position to receive small loans, start small businesses, etc. It takes an enormous amount of effort and vigilance to get people at the base of the Base of Pyramid into a stable enough position that they can move on to higher levels of support for poverty alleviation. TU knows what kind and how much effort and commitment it takes to move one person out of the realm of "poorest of the poor" -- and they do it painstakingly. There is the push these days to look for scaling mechanisms that allow us to apply formulas and solutions en masse, because this work can be so slow and painstaking. While that need is critical, there are some aspects of poverty alleviation that simply cannot be scaled...there are community specific, place/time specific issues that need to be addressed on the ground in order to truly have a lasting impact. TU seems to have struck the balance between using scalable mechanisms and confronting the reality at a local level. They are one of the best around.

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I know micro financing works but the way trickle up has reached the wretchedly poor and empowered them, speaks volumes about the model they use. The model put forward by trickle up works as the many many projects they have invested has been very successful.

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Trickle Up is an AMAZING program & should be recognized for all of the great work that they do. I have been contributing to this program for a few years now and the work that they do can not be compaired. The fact that this organization finds people who are in desperate need of help- gives them the tools to succede by creating their own business and must maintain it really creates a sense of success in these women. They have responsibility for creating and maintaing their future. They also give back by helping others. this organization teaches women that there is a way out and they can support themselves and their families instead of just waiting for food to come. I love this organization because they teach people to be proactive and dillagent which = success. They even tackle savings!! They make the ladies save so they have future $$$. I mean really- you can't ask for a better/smarter organization making women successful instead of just dependent on charity! I VOTE TRICKLE UP!!!!

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Trickle Up is a great organization completely dedicated to helping women, children, families out of extreme poverty. I'm honored to have been able to get to know these folks and to have witnessed their work being done. They are truly making positive differences in the lives of people who are desperately in need.

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Rating: 4 stars  

T'Up is a great organization working to help women and children of thrid world countries. I've seen some of the micro-enterprises they've helped women of these regions start and its nothing short of amazing. I would reccommend Trickle Up to anyone looking to make a difference. I believe it was Ghandi that said, "Be the change, you want to see in the World". They're defintely living it!

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