REACHING THE POOREST

We go where the need is greatest to help those who are beyond the reach of government programs and other anti-poverty NGOs. Women, indigenous people, people with disabilities and refugees are all groups disproportionately affected by extreme poverty.

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HOW IT WORKS

We use a unique approach called “Graduation” which is specifically designed to reach the very poorest and help them graduate out of extreme poverty. Risk-free capital, access to savings and credit, and skills training are all tools participants use to confront extreme poverty.

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WHAT IS EXTREME POVERTY?

The extreme poverty line of $1.90 a day is the threshold adopted by the World Bank and the United Nations to reflect the minimum consumption and income level needed to meet a person’s basic needs for food, health care, sanitation, and education, among others. Worldwide, more than 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day, unable to fulfill these most basic needs. But extreme poverty is more complex than just a lack of income, it’s also about dignity and social connection.

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OUR APPROACH TO GRADUATION

Our program is a carefully sequenced intervention built to address the unique complexities of extreme poverty. After selection, women entering Trickle Up’s program undertake several key steps on their journey out of poverty. Throughout the program, they receive continuous support in the form of hands-on coaching from our local partners and consumption stipends to maintain stability during times of distress.

A small grant helps pay for short-term food and medical expenses during lean times.

Women obtain a business grant, training, identify opportunities, and plan a livelihood.

Women learn to save together in groups and gain a social support system.

Women access credit to grow their business and build financial and social capital.

Women become decision-makers at home and influence their local communities.

WHO ARE THE POOREST AND MOST VULNERABLE?


Women

70% of the world’s poorest people are women.

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People with Disabilities

20% of people with disabilities live in extreme poverty.

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Indigenous People

Indigenous people comprise 15% of the world’s poor.

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Refugees

The current global population of displaced persons is 65.3 million.

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