Building Self-Reliance for Refugees in Mozambique


In June 2017, Trickle Up conducted a Design Mission in Mozambique to train key staff members from UNHCR Mozambique and implementing partner Kulima on the Graduation Approach and to begin designing the Graduation components. In June 2018, staff returned to train the coaches for the Graduation Approach. Following these missions, in August 2018, UNHCR Mozambique, in partnership with Kulima, began the implementation of an 18-month Graduation pilot with 118 participants in Maratane camp and Nampula, including 108 host community members and 10 refugees.

To date, participants have received financial inclusion support, including savings group formation and financial education and have begun savings activities. Participants are also receiving coaching to become more self-reliant and Portuguese language skills training. In addition, participants have been provided with consumption support on a monthly basis to meet their food needs. Plans are currently being finalized for the identification of livelihood opportunities and the provision of core and technical trainings for the 1st cohort. Simultaneously, targeting for the 2nd cohort has begun.

Our Partners

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. Trickle Up and UNHCR have been partners since 2013.

Kulima is UNHCR Mozambique's current implementing partner for the Graduation project. Kulima works to promote the socio-economic status of low-income communities in rural and peri-urban areas of Mozambique.

Maratne Camp and Nampula, Mozambique

Start Date: 6/2017
End Date: 8/2019


Number of Participants: 118

Vulnerable Populations

Women, Rural, Refugees, 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, Legal Services, Healthcare Services