Intervention for Ultrapoor Households in Partnership with Odisha Livelihood Mission


Trickle Up is partnering with Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) to develop and implement a strategy to promote sustainable livelihoods through the Graduation Approach among the poorest 20-30% of the population in Odisha, India. We are integrating Graduation with the state social protection program in Odisha to ensure that the most marginalized groups are included and can benefit from available government services.


Through this three-year project, Trickle Up will build the capacity of OLM staff, community resource persons, and other stakeholders to connect 1,000 participants to Graduation (training, savings groups, coaching, and linkages to health and government services) in order to promote financial and social inclusion and the development of sustainable livelihoods. Together, we will scale to reach 5,000 participants in the following two years.


This project will enable households living in ultrapoverty to become less vulnerable and more self-sufficient. It also helps to raise awareness of the existence of government social protection programs and other government services. We ensure participant households have access to the MGNREGA wage employment program, which provides Indian citizens living in extreme poverty with 100 days of paid work per year. In addition, village-level institutions will gain the capacity to lead in development initiatives.


Project Objectives

  • Increase government responsiveness to the needs of the ultrapoor and facilitate sustainable livelihoods among communities living in extremely poor and vulnerable conditions by ensuring social and financial inclusion.
  • Develop a scalable strategy across OLM by building human resources at the community-level to create pathways to help people move out of extreme and ultrapoverty.

Project Data

Data will be provided when available. 

Balisankara, Sundargarh, Odisha, India
Bangamunda, Balangir, Odisha, India

Start Date: 7/2/2015
End Date: 5/31/2018


Number of Participants: 5,000


Vulnerable Populations

Women, Rural, Indigenous Groups, Extreme Poor, Ultrapoor 


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, Access to Formal Financial Services (savings and credit), Links to Government Services, Wage Employment, Links to Job Opportunities, Inclusion in Cluster Level Federations (CLF) and Gram Panchayat Level Federations 

Our Partners

Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) was formed by the Government of Odisha in 2006 to implement various poverty reduction programs, including launching the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), which seeks to reduce poverty by enabling the poor households to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities, resulting in appreciable improvement in their livelihoods on a sustainable basis, through building strong grassroots institutions of the poor. Trickle Up has partnered with OLM since 2015. 

Self Employed Workers’ Association Kendra (SEWAK) is a grassroots organization in Sundargarh, Odisha, India whose mission is to educate rural and tribal communities on rights, generate among them awareness on health and environment, train them in entrepreneurial skills, and encourage them to find sustainable livelihoods. SEWAK has been a Trickle Up partner since 2006. 

Lokadrusti is a non-profit voluntary organization working for the development of the tribes in the Nuapada District of Odisha, India, since 1988. Lokadrusti aims to transform this region into a self-sufficient and sustainable area by promoting grassroots-level organizations. Trickle Up has partnered with Lokadrusti since 2007.