Inclusive Livelihood Development in Yucatán with Ko’ox Taani


Trickle Up is assisting a new Mexican NGO, Ko’ox Taani, to pilot and adapt the Graduation Approach to four municipalities of Mérida, Yucatán. This project will initially engage around 200 households, focusing on women and people with disabilities living in extreme poverty. The project will expand to empower around 3,000 participant households to overcome extreme poverty while building municipal capacity and commitment to include the poorest in their policies, budgeting, and programming.


Through alliances with Yaxcaba, Tixméhuac, Cantamayec and Mayapan municipalities and other local organizations working on different social projects, Ko’ox Taani will deliver social protection, livelihood planning and training, seed capital, mentoring, and savings groups to participants. Trickle Up offers our expertise, support, and technical assistance in the design and implementation of the Graduation Approach in this project.


Project Objectives

  • Provide technical assistance and support in the implementation of the Graduation Approach in 7 indigenous (Maya Yucateco) communities in Yucatán, México 

Project Data

  • Selection tool was adapted for the local context, all participants have been identified and are being formed into saving groups. Baseline data was collected.
  • The original plan was to provide food vouchers; however, through collaboration with city officials, staff identified an existing social protection program that provides this support, and efforts are underway to include participants in this existing government program.
  • A total of 9 savings groups have formed to date. Staff are working closely with these groups to provide support and motivation to begin saving in small quantities. After analyzing these early results, we will adapt the approach when forming new savings groups and develop guidelines on feasible early savings targets.


More project data will be available as the project continues.

Yaxcabá, Tixmehuac, Tiholop, Cantamayec, and Mayapan, Yucatán, Mexico


Start Date: 9/1/2015
End Date: 8/31/2017


Number of Participants: 200

Vulnerable Populations

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

Project Components

Stipend for Consumption Support, Asset Transfer, Coaching, Savings/Self-Help Groups (savings and credit services), Technical Livelihood Skills Training, Financial Literacy and Capability Training, Links to Government Services, Healthcare Services

Our Partners

Fundación Ko’ox Taani is a civil association that promotes self-managed social processes to help raise the quality of life of families living in extreme poverty in indigenous regions of the Yucatan Peninsula, applying the Graduation Approach including savings, credit, management of sustainable livelihoods, and economic development and implementation of income-generating projects. Trickle Up and Ko’ox Taani have been partners since 2015. 

Other Project Partners

PROSPERA, Heifer International, and the Municipalities of Yaxcaba, Tixméhuac, Cantamayec, and Mayapan, Mexico