My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Trickle Up Program, Inc., New York, NY, USA
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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