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Trickle Up Program, Inc.

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Causes: Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Small Business Development


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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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Puja B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Krishnakali M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.