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!
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 when they are very good at what needs to be done.
I also was able to visit their branch office in Kolkata, India. There, I learned about the challenges of development work in the field, which made it all the more remarkable how Trickle Up is able to successfully run projects and empower people in three different continents.
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 communities in rural Guatemala. I had a great experience at Trickle Up because of Jo's guidance, as well as the mentorship of other staff members like Joanna Tinsley. I appreciated how hard they work, how much they care and think critically about their organizational mission, and how they constantly asked questions about what was working, why, and how to prove it. Trickle Up was the first and only organization I've worked with that had weekly lunch discussions of a selected reading--including "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.
Trickle Up is one of those organizations, which practices what it preaches.
In the office there is an atmosphere of harmony and collaboration always. Not only my own supervisor (Jo) was available whenever I ran into a problem, but also the other members were ready to extend help.
Yoga in the office is like cherry on the top!
I would definitely help out in the future also, as and when I am able to.
Wishing them all the very best!
I interned with Trickle Up in 2009 and it was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the incredible work they are doing from the inside. The staff in the U.S. and in the countries around the world where they fund microfinance programs are working each day to ensure that more and more people have the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and sustain their livelihoods over the long term.
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 $$$. I mean really- you can't ask for a better/smarter organization making women successful instead of just dependent on charity! I VOTE TRICKLE UP!!!!
TUP is a leading organization in the field of microfinance. Everyone in the organization from the board of directors, the staff and volunteers are really passionate about helping those living in poverty by helping them break the cycle. TUP is unique to other microfinance organizations in the sense that they provide micro grants (not micro loans) to individuals (mostly women who are the head of the house hold). In addition, they provide training (not just $$) which is an essential element in ensuring the success of the micro enterprise.
An organization that has a distinct niche of expertise that it fills masterfully. They are experts in capacity building and at constantly working to meet the needs of their target population: the very poorest of the poor. The staff is highly dedicated and committed to a thoughtful, rigorous, and pragmatic approach.
Having volunteered at this nonprofit for a year, one of the many positive aspects I noticed is the impact Trickle Up creates in communities that have very little resources. I witnessed first hand struggling clients go from receiving public assistance or no assiatnce at all to writing a business plan then owning a business with the guidance of NGOs/NPOs, staff members and volunteers that helps to help clients become self-sufficient. It's a model that works in my opinion and I am truly honored to be associated with Trickle Up. I would volunteer with Trickle Up again in a heartbeat!