Integrated Graduation Approach for Indigenous Communities in Paraguay


In a new partnership with the Technical Secretariat of Economic and Social Development Planning (STP) of Paraguay, Trickle Up is adapting the Graduation Approach to their existing food security programs. This government agency hopes the Graduation Approach will decrease malnutrition, strengthen resilience, and improve production through appropriate technologies for indigenous communities.


This project will engage 1,200 households within two regions of Paraguay. We are partnering with six United Nations Agencies and nine Paraguayan governmental institutions in the implementation of this multi-faceted project. 


Project Objectives

  • Facilitate technical assistance and support the implementation of the Graduation Approach in 3,800 households of farmers and indigenous peoples in the Eastern and Western Regions of Paraguay.

Project Data

  • Trickle Up conducted six monitoring, technical assistance, and training missions that contributed to reaching 1,200 participants and forming 48 savings groups.
  • The initial plan was to reach 3,800 participants but there were problems and delays due to donor approvals to start the project so it was only possible to reach 32% of the planned goal. In spite of the delays, the savings groups are still active and in their second cycle of savings, which has been important and has visualized the process of sustainability of the interventions. The Paraguayan government has highly valued the technical assistance provided by Trickle Up in: 1) Livelihoods 2) The organization and development of savings groups and 3) The design of a training module in financial literacy developed specifically for indigenous people.
  • Trickle Up helped finance the savings banks with the inputs required for the operations of saving groups.
  • Training in M&E and evaluation criteria were provided. The Joint Food and Nutrition Security Program, also known as, Programa Conjunto de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (PCSAN) team participated in regional virtual meetings on the Graduation Approach, which allowed the team to share experiences and learning.
  • The STP Management team actively participated in two Round Tables, one that took place in Mexico (December 2017) and a second one that took place in Bubaneswar (May 2018).
  • This project is expected to be replicated in a second phase in what will be the PCSAN II (Joint Food Security Program Phase II) with improvements made based on the lessons learned from the first phase. The follow-up proposal is currently under analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) who are very interested in pursuing this initiative. Trickle Up will provide support to: 1) Finalize the proposal with a focus on the Graduation Approach 2) Continue to provide technical assistance and 3) contribute to the "Opportunities for people" initiative, with the STP and UNDP.
  • Results from phase I show that the savings group methodology is culturally relevant for the Guarani indigenous population.

Abaí and Tavaí, Caazapá, Paraguay
Raúl Arsenio Oviedo and Yhu, Caaguazú, Paraguay

Start Date: 9/1/2016 
End Date: 7/31/2018 


Number of Participants: 1,200


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, Governance, Agriculture and Technologies Training 

Our Partners

Secretaría Técnica de Planificación del Desarrollo Económico y Social (STP) of Paraguay coordinates and promotes the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the National Development Plan in Paraguay. STP contributes to reducing extreme poverty levels, encourages the development of the private-public alliance and investment in infrastructure and services, and coordinates international cooperation in the development of Paraguay. Trickle Up and STP began a partnership in 2016. 

Other Project Partners

Social Action Secretariat (Tekopora Program), Health Ministry, Agriculture Ministry, La Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UNICEF