“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.



Learning Laboratories for Best Practices in Mexico

Trickle Up is working in Mexico with indigenous women and youth to ensure particularly vulnerable people have access to social protection programs, crucial to economic and social mobility.

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Asia Roundtable Conference & Experience Exchange

An exchange of lessons-learned from peers, policymakers, and partners implementing large poverty reduction programs in India, Mexico, Paraguay, Vietnam, & Bangladesh


Why Trickle Up Teaches Organic Farming

In India, Trickle Up promotes the use of locally available materials to prepare organic pesticides and fertilizers, protecting families and water sources from chemicals.


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: 3,574
Vulnerable Populations Reached: Women, Youth, Indigenous Groups, People with Disabilities, Refugees


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

Households Reached: 2,665
Vulnerable Populations Reached: Women, Youth, Refugees


India, Vietnam, Bangladesh

Households Reached: 65,285
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.