Trickle Up and community based-organization FundaLachua, the municipality of Cahabón, and the municipality of Chahal are working in 53 Q'eqchi communities in rural Guatemala to empower 750 vulnerable young women between the ages of 15 and 24 over two years using the Graduation Approach. The municipality of Cahabón will work with a cohort of 200 participants, Fundalachua will work with a cohort of 300 participants, and the municipality of Chahal will work with a cohort of 250 participants (originally planned for 200).
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.
- Empower 700 young indigenous women through the Graduation Approach, building participants’ livelihoods and resiliency. Major activities include:
- 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
- Creating 35-40 savings groups to provide access to savings and loans and to build social capital
- Cash transfers to finance household livelihood plans
- 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
- Promote gender equity, sexual and reproductive health and rights in project communities. Major activities include:
- 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
- Training Graduation participants and 700 related men on sexual and reproductive health and rights
Project progress to date:
- 618 participants have created livelihood plans
- 555 participants have received seed capital cash transfers
- 48 savings groups have been created
- 625 youth have received training on basic financial literacy and understanding of savings, credit, interest rates, shares, and insurance
- 305 youth have received training on improved food security, nutrition, and hygiene practices
End of project data:
- 750 participants were selected, including 63 people with disabilities, and received seed capital grants. The municipality of Chahal supported 250 participants instead of the 200 originally planned. Of this total, 625 completed the program and 125 remain in process under the guidance of the municipality of Chahal’s technical staff until December 2019.
- Out of the 625 participants who completed the program, 89.5% have achieved at least 3 of 5 criteria for Graduation.
- All 750 participants received training on livelihood planning (market assessments, bookkeeping, and Productive Activity Plans (PAP)) and developed their own PAP.
- 95% of 625 participants increased their knowledge of livelihoods and productive activities.
- 60% of 625 participants have a working capital of at least the value of the seed capital they received, and 55% increased it by 10%.
- 62 savings groups (15 in Cahabón, 9 in Cobán and 38 in Chahal) were formed and participants actively accessed savings and loans. The 62 groups have accumulated Q.858,700, ($114,493) in savings.
- 20 field staff – 13 from the municipalities and 7 from Trickle Up – provided support to the savings groups and to the participants in the implementation of their productive activities at the individual level.
- 88% of the 625 participants have patio crops (vs. 72% at baseline), and 79% of the participants cultivate at least five species or more (vs. 55%) at baseline), which shows an improvement in the availability and access to food in the participating households.
- 74% of 625 participants have at least Q.400 ($50) at the end of the first savings group cycle (one year). 87% of 625 participants continued or plan to continue in the second 12-month cycle of their savings group.
- 88% of 625 participants are implementing kitchen gardens, corresponding to 553 participants.
- 92% of 625 participants increased their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health throughout the project.
- 99% of young women (adolescent girls under 19 years old who did not previously have children) have not become pregnant during the life of the project.
- 59 trainings took place to train men on reproductive health and rights. 598 men have received training on reproductive health and rights.
Cobán, Chahal & Cahabón, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Start Date: 1/1/2017
End Date: 5/31/2019
Number of Participants: 750
Women, Rural, Indigenous Groups, People with Disabilities, Men, Youth, Extreme Poor
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
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 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 Cahabón 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 2017.