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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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6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trickle Up has a fantastic reputation for being well organized, forward thinking, and life changing. These are qualities that many nonprofits inspire to be but Trickle Up is already living it. I had the opportunity to hear their founder tell the story a few months ago and it was very eye opening. Great work guys!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trickle Up should be recognized for all of the great work that they do. This organization seeks out people who are in desperate need of help and gives them the necessary tools to succeed. Help starts by giving people the opportunity to start up their own business and the ability to maintain it. Trickle Up provides an opportunity and gives women a sense of success through ownership and assigns the responsibility for cultivating and maintains sustainability. This organization teaches women that there is a way out and they can support themselves and their families. I support this organization because they teach people the need to be proactive and independent. Trickle Up teaches basic skills necessary for these ladies to sustain a more secure future. I support Trickle Up and so should You!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trickle Up is an amazing organization led by passionate people with a clear mission. While some of my co-workers have had the opportunity to see first hand the work they are doing, I look forward to being able to participate in their program. The concept of helping people help themselves is something that everyone should get behind in one way or another.

Valentina R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to attend a Trickle Up event recently and was so impressed with all this incredible organization is doing to help women in under developed countries to get themselves out of extreme poverty through training and seed capital grants. The stories were incredibly inspiring.