“Everybody, no matter how poor, dreams of a better life and will fight for it if given the opportunity.”

– Mildred Robbins Leet, Co-Founder, Trickle Up

Our Vision

A world where no one lives in extreme poverty and vulnerability.

Our Mission

Trickle Up helps people in extreme poverty and vulnerability advance their economic and social well-being. We drive large-scale change by partnering with governments, global institutions, and local organizations.

Pioneers in ending extreme poverty

Trickle Up has been a pioneer graduating people out of extreme poverty since 1979. We’ve helped more than 1.5 million of the poorest, most vulnerable people move to greater economic self-sufficiency and connection with their communities.


It’s about more than just money

We provide the very poorest people with seed capital grants, skills training and coaching, and the support they need to create small businesses. We connect them to savings groups where they save money and access credit with others, create plans for the future and enact change in their communities. We help people connect with others in their villages, build self-confidence and find their voice because poverty is about more than just money—it’s about exclusion.


Reaching the last mile of poverty

We reach the extreme poor, those living on less than $1.90 a day, who are most economically and socially excluded. Our focus is helping women, people with disabilities, refugees and other vulnerable people who live beyond the reach of most organizations and social service programs. We go where the need is greatest–to the very poorest parts of rural Asia, Africa, and the Americas.


The next million people

We’re committed to the global goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Our goal in the next five years is to lift more than a million people out of extreme poverty. To make it happen, we are establishing partnerships with local organizations, global institutions and governments who have the capacity to reach far more of the poorest than we could ever reach working on our own.