“We always depended on men. Not anymore. Now we are capable of doing anything."
Gilma Tipol, Guatemala
“We have fulfilled many duties in the village. We have confidence in each other and solidarity.”
Ouédraogo Isso, Burkina Faso
We help people in extreme poverty & vulnerability advance their economic & social well-being.
We drive large-scale change by partnering with governments, global institutions, and local organizations. Since 1979, Trickle Up has helped 335,000 women gain the skills and confidence to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency. When women succeed, so can their children and families. Since five people on average benefit for each woman we reach, we've helped over 1.5 million people total. In the next five years, we’re committed to helping the next million graduate out of extreme poverty.
Learn how Trickle Up is fighting to get families around the world out of the cycle of extreme poverty. With training, support, and seed capital, our approach helps women gain the tools and confidence to transform their lives and break the cycle. Trickle Up starts here.
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Trickle Up Earns Highest Charity Navigator Rating
Charity Navigator has awarded Trickle Up four stars, its highest rating. The 4-star endorsement from the nation’s largest and most trusted charity evaluator recognizes Trickle Up’s record helping the world’s most vulnerable people overcome extreme poverty while meeting the highest standards for financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency.
HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS
Do women and their families enjoy a better quality of life, including more and better food and access to healthcare?
average increase in households’ daily spending on foods other than grains in West Africa.
Are women building livelihoods that are dignified, diversified, productive, and sustainable?
Total annual average income increase of participant households in India.
Access to Savings & Credit
Do women have access to fair and effective means of saving money and accessing credit?
Access to Savings & Credit
participants in India now have savings, up from 7% pre-program.
Are women making significant progress toward social inclusion in their communities and empowerment at home?
participants in Guatemala have an active role in household decision-making.
"Earlier I thought, ‘What could I do being a woman?’ but now I have realized women are no longer for subjugation. Women can do everything if they get the chance."
Participant in India
"Before, I could not even buy shoes for my children…Now I can send my children to school."
Participant in Burkina Faso
“Trickle Up’s program very likely has large positive impact for women and other vulnerable groups living in ultra-poverty.”
“We are pleased to support Trickle Up’s work providing the poorest people with not just the tools, but with the hope of escaping poverty and achieving what we all want: better futures for our children, families, and community.”
President & CEO, MetLife Foundation
“The helping hand that your program offers reaches those who need it most.”