“Before, we did not have anything. Now I can stand on my own two feet.”
Achiron Bibi, India

“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

“Trickle Up is helping us to change ourselves.”
Ziad Ayoubi, UNHCR Livelihoods

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.



Inside a Trickle Up Learning Lab

Through learning labs, Trickle Up supports women like Norma to kickstart cycles of prosperity, adapting our program to meet the needs of our participants and maximize impact.


Commit to Gender Equality This International Women’s Day

It might be 217 years before the world achieves gender parity. We don’t know about you, but we just don’t have that kind of patience. Join Trickle Up & the WomenForward coalition to raise your voice this International Women’s Day!


Changing Communities One Problem at a Time

The Narijagaran Mohila Sang Federation of SHGs meets monthly to discuss common issues and challenges. Learn more in the last of this four-part series.


Arpita Mandal

West Bengal, India
Arpita Mandal lived in extreme poverty until she joined Trickle Up’s program in her community in rural West Bengal, India. Today she owns 18 goats, 50 hens, and an incense business. She saves in a Trickle Up savings group and can afford to send her children to school. “Everything is going in a good direction,” she says.



Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Ecuador

Households Reached: 1600
Vulnerable Populations Reached: Women, Youth, Indigenous Groups, People with Disabilities, Refugees


Burkina Faso, Zambia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal, Chad

Households Reached: 5100
Vulnerable Populations Reached: Women, Youth, Refugees


India, Vietnam, Bangladesh

Households Reached: 4200
Vulnerable Populations Reached: Women, Indigenous Groups, Youth


Combating Hunger

Do women and their families enjoy a better quality of life, including more and better food and access to healthcare?

Combating Hunger


average increase in households’ daily spending on foods other than grains in West Africa.

Building Livelihoods

Are women building livelihoods that are dignified, diversified, productive, and sustainable?

Building Livelihoods


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.

Social Empowerment

Are women making significant progress toward social inclusion in their communities and empowerment at home?

Social Empowerment


participants in Guatemala have an active role in household decision-making.

Participants Since 1979
Lives Impacted
Local & Global Partners
Team Members Worldwide

"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."

Pinky Besra

Participant in India

"Before, I could not even buy shoes for my children…Now I can send my children to school."

Juliette Zida

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.”

Dennis White

President & CEO, MetLife Foundation

“The helping hand that your program offers reaches those who need it most.”

Kofi Annan

Former UN Secretary General

Trickle Up Gala 2018

On Monday, April 16, empower women & families at the annual gala.

2017 Annual Report

In 2017, Trickle Up benefited over 356,000 people,

a ~6X increase from 2015.

Awarded GuideStar Platinum because of our commitment to transparency.

Trickle Up is one of 8 nonprofits recommended by ImpactMatters after passing a rigorous impact audit.