Inclusive Ixcán


The Inclusive Ixcán project aims to empower 350 indigenous participants, 177 are people with disabilities and 173 are young women between 15 and 24 years old. Across 20 communities, women and people with disabilities from the poorest households in Ixcán, Guatemala will overcome extreme poverty. The project also aims to build the capacity of the municipality to address the needs of their constituents using the Graduation Approach, and extend the reach and impact of government social services to the poorest.

Project Objectives

  • Increase household income and assets by building participant capacity to successfully engage in productive activities and integrating them into savings groups.
  • Empower women and girls to take control of their reproductive decisions by increasing agency as well as participant and community knowledge of reproductive health and rights.
  • Build the capacity of the municipality of Ixcán to use the Graduation Approach to provide services to their poorest and most vulnerable constituents.
  • Build connections between the municipality, the municipal disability office, the teachers association and the local office of the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance to increase the inclusiveness and reach of existing local services – in particular, those related to reproductive health, education, and disability inclusion.

Project Data

Endline data:

  • 91% of participants consumed meat at least biweekly compared to 68% at baseline.
  • 71% of participants increased their participation in household decision making from the start to the end of the project.
  • 76% of participants stress that their role in the home has changed: they have more freedom and their opinion is taken into account.
  • 73% of participants had plans for the future at the end of the project compared to 42% at baseline.
  • 99% of young women did not get pregnant during the life of the project.
  • 63% of young women improved their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health over the course of the project.
  • 76% of participants improved their knowledge of livelihoods.
  • At the end of the project, 55% of participants were involved in raising animals compared to 28% at baseline, 26% in agriculture (own family crops) compared to 22% at baseline, and 24% in commercial activities compared to 1% at baseline.
  • 77% of participants implemented one productive activity compared to 37% at baseline and 29% of participants implemented 2 productive activities compared to 14% at baseline.
  • Based on the initial seed capital grant of Q.1,100 (US$147), that average working capital of participants is Q.1,578 (US$210) one year later. At the end of the project, 55% of participants have working capital of at least the value of the seed capital grant and 51% increased their working capital by 10% more than the value of the seed capital grant they received.
  • 82% of participants continued to actively participant in the second savings group cycle.

Mid-project data:

  • 271 participants have begun their productive activities, based on their business plans.
  • 350 participants have improved their knowledge and skills to build diversified sustainable livelihoods.
  • 38 savings groups are formed, trained, and functioning.
  • Each participant has on average Q112 ($15) in savings.
  • 63 participants have taken loans from their savings groups to invest in their productive activities, totaling Q.13,750 ($1,871).


Ixcán, El Quiché, Guatemala

Start Date: 1/1/2017 
End Date: 12/31/2018


Number of Participants: 350


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, Institutional Capacity Building, 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.


The municipality of Ixcán is working with Trickle Up to implement the Graduation Approach with young women and people with disabilities 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 Ixcán have been working together since 2013.

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) of Guatemala is the government ministry responsible for preventative and curative health care. Their mission is to provide comprehensive care services to the country, with equity and quality through the operation of integrated health networks at three levels, the efficient and transparent use of resources, and to guarantee the right to healthcare. Trickle Up and MSPAS have been partners since 2017.

The Municipal Disability Commission (COMUDIS) of Ixcan is the local municipality's branch of the national council for attention to people with disabilities. This government commission seeks to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities within the municipality. Trickle Up and COMUDIS have been partners since 2017.