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DESDE EL PODER LOCAL

Trickle Up and community based-organization FundaLachua, the municipality of Ixcan, the municipality of Chahal, the municipality of El Estor, and the municipality of Nebaj, are working in 84 communities in rural Guatemala to empower 1,625 vulnerable young indigenous women between the ages of 15 and 24 over two years using the Graduation Approach. The municipalities finance the seed capital grants for 925 participants directly (300 in Chahal, 400 in Ixcan, 125 in El Estor, and 100 in Nebaj) and hire 15 field staff each to undertake training, coaching, technical assistance, and accompaniment in the field. This two-year initiative aims to create a network of municipalities that incorporate Graduation elements into their social programs to combat poverty.

 

The design of this project combines the components of the Graduation Approach to livelihood development with key interventions in reproductive health to deepen the impact of both. In addition to the strong evidence supporting the efficacy of the Graduation Approach, the inclusion of male family members will increase the likelihood that changes in gender dynamics and decision-making will be sustainable and support the long-term evolution of social norms in project communities.

Project Objectives

  • Empower 1,125 indigenous young women and people with disabilities in four municipalities through the Graduation Approach with financial education and training in livelihood and sexual and reproductive rights. Major activities include:
    • Creating 50-60 savings groups of approximately 20 participants each to provide access to savings and loans and to build social capital (81 savings groups is the complete project total)
    • Cash transfers to finance household livelihood plans
    • Skill-building to improve bookkeeping, market assessment, livelihood planning and specific livelihood skills
    • Training to increase basic financial literacy and understanding of savings, credit, interest rates, shares and insurance
    • Training on food security, nutrition and support to grow kitchen gardens
    • Regular household coaching visits to reinforce training and provide technical assistance to participants as they implement new livelihood activities
    • Supporting Graduation participants to develop life plans
    • Utilizing savings groups as safe spaces for training, discussions and problem-solving around issues of gender discrimination and inequality as well as mechanisms for financial literacy and inclusion
    • Training participants and their male relatives on gender roles and positive masculinities, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the crucial role of men in improving outcomes for women
  • Objective 2: Institutionalize Graduation into the programs of the four municipalities and codify continued municipal investment to support implementation of the Graduation Approach. Major activities include:
    • Training to strengthen the capacity of the four municipal governments to provide services in financial and social inclusion to girls and young women living in conditions of extreme poverty.
    • Strengthen the capacity, understanding and support for antipoverty Graduation programs by the Financial, Planning and Women's directorates in the Municipal Governments
    • Establish an MoU or agreement with each municipality in which the goals, responsibilities and budgetary allocations for each municipality and Trickle Up are defined
    • Develop a municipal commitment to a schedule for increasing public funds to fully secure the program in their municipal budgets, following the trend set by the model municipality of Tamahú. A schedule of implementation, work meetings, training and financing the route for the current project and the following fiscal periods will be established. A point to consider should be the changes in the municipal governments that may vary the planned periods
    • Foster effective links between government institutions and the private sector for improved access to services by integrating at least 6 local organizations into a partnership for improved attention and reach to extremely poor indigenous communities.
    • At the end of the project, the scope of results and lessons learned will be presented at municipal public events

Project Data

Project data will be posted when available.

 

Ixcan, Chahal, El Estor, Nebaj, Guatemala

Start Date: 1/1/2019 
End Date: 12/31/2020

 

Number of Participants: 1625

 

Vulnerable Populations

Women, Rural, Indigenous Groups, People with Disabilities, Men, Youth, Extreme Poor

Project Components

Asset Transfer, Coaching, Savings/Self-Help Groups (savings and credit services), Technical Livelihood Skills Training, Financial Literacy and Capability Training, Healthcare Services, Links to Government Services, Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights Training

Our Partners

FundaLachuá was established in 2007 as a non-governmental, non-profit development organization in Lachuá, Guatemala, composed of productive and social associations for people of Q’eqchi‘ ethnicity to help build a society that is fair, prosperous, democratic, and in harmony with the environment through the implementation of sustainable development programs to improve the livelihoods of the population and protect the natural resources of the region. FundaLachuá has partnered with Trickle Up since 2009.

MuniChahal

The municipality of Chahal is working with Trickle Up to implement the Graduation Approach with young women living in extreme poverty, including the organization of savings groups, coaching, and connecting Trickle Up project participants to municipal services including healthcare. Trickle Up and the municipality of Chahal have been partners since 2017.

The municipality of Ixcán is working with Trickle Up to implement the Graduation Approach with young women living in extreme poverty, including the organization of savings groups, coaching, and connecting Trickle Up project participants to municipal services including healthcare. Trickle Up and the municipality of Cahabón have been partners since 2013.

The municipality of El Estor is working with Trickle Up to implement the Graduation Approach with young women living in extreme poverty, including the organization of savings groups, coaching, and connecting Trickle Up project participants to municipal services including healthcare. Trickle Up and the municipality of El Estor have been partners since 2019

The municipality of Nebaj is working with Trickle Up to implement the Graduation Approach with young women living in extreme poverty, including the organization of savings groups, coaching, and connecting Trickle Up project participants to municipal services including healthcare. Trickle Up and the municipality of Nebaj have been partners since 2019.