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 enough or say too many good things about this wonderful work. Entrepreneurs everywhere should revel in it and give it their attention and financial support. It is a model for creating powerful motivation on the part of the world's poorest people, especially women, to take charge of their lives and their communities with start-up businesses to support families and send kids to school. Those who receive Trickle Up's modest grants (not loans) can truly say: "We did it ourselves!" ----ron nelson, carmel, ca.
I worked as a volunteer with Trickle Up from the early 1980s, when I met the founders, Millie and Glen Leet. And I served on the board in the 90s. It was an amazing organization from the start, with total integrity and a powerful idea that the poorest of the poor should not fall into debt. Hence, the concept of the $50 grant rather than a micro-loan, funding the start of a business of the recipient's own choosing. At one point, Trickle Up was making grants and educating the poorest of the poor in basic business procedures in over 100 countries. Over its 34-year history, and with evolving leadership, Trickle Up has played a key role in helping the ultra poor get their foot on the first rung of the economically upward ladder, helping small groups, predominantly women, help themselves, each other, their families and children to a better and more secure life. Children pursued education while experiencing working in the Trickle Up business. Primitive shelter improved; nutrition got better. Today, Trickle Up continues the traditions of its founders while evolving with the times, focusing its efforts ever more successfully on the evolving realities of ultra poverty, and growing the assets which it annually applies to its mission: giving the ultra poor the opportunity of a lifetime to improve their lives and grow their self-respect. What a priceless gift is Trickle Up!
Trickle Up ROCKS!!!!!! The company I work for, Newton Running, is involved with Trickle Up and has had an incredible experience doing so.
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.
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.
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.
Trickle Up has demonstrated an enduring and high impact system for causing long term change. Impressively they do this on a tight budget!
The work that TUp is doing has a profound impact on the lives of women and children in some of the poorist communities around the world. Women have their own money to buy food and clothing for their children, and the children are able to attend school. TUp's approach is an example of true humanitarianism
Trickle Up do the most amazing work where it is needed the most. They are leaders in the design and implementation of effective aid programs. I ran the Philadelphia marathon for them and was so proud to support them. In particular I love the passion of the people who run Trickle Up and their lifelong dedication to their work.