Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods in West Bengal


Trickle Up is partnering with Prasari, under a larger effort spearheaded by the Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation, to improve the livelihoods and quality of life for households living in poverty and ultrapoverty in four communities in Dooars, West Bengal.


We are delivering the Graduation Approach to 2,300 women living in ultrapoverty in West Bengal, strengthening their skills and knowledge to generate income from sustainable livelihood activities. At the same time, the project improves the well-being and resilience of the broader community, including 3,900 women living in slightly better conditions than the Graduation participants, with the aim to reduce the vulnerability of these families from falling into conditions of ultrapoverty through the promotion of financial inclusion.


The program will also help facilitate better quality, reach, and scale of government anti-poverty programs through local government institutions (Panchayati Raj) and work to develop a pool of skilled local representatives to manage development activities in these regions. The project hopes to increase capacity of local organizations to promote the inclusion of marginalized groups in government programs with better quality and reach.

Project Objectives

  • Improve the economic and social well-being of 2,300 women living in ultrapoverty through the Graduation Approach, leading to sustainable livelihood development
  • Promote the financial inclusion of 6,200 participants, including 2,300 ultrapoor women and 3,900 women living in extreme poverty
  • Increase the capacity of local organizations to promote the inclusion of marginalized groups in government programs, and build a resource of skilled local representatives to serve as a community resource.

Project Data

Data will be provided when available. 

Mal, Nagrakata, Matiali, and Dhupguri, Jalpaiguri, Dooars, West Bengal, India

Start Date: 9/1/2015
End Date: 5/30/2017


Number of Participants: 100


Vulnerable Populations

Women, Rural, Urban, Indigenous Groups, People with Disabilities, Youth, 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, Healthcare Services, Education, Governance 

Our Partners

PRASARI is a voluntary organization in West Bengal was established in 2007 to work with and for rural families towards access to services and secured and sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing, with a special focus on women. Trickle Up and PRASARI have been partners since 2013.

Other Project Partners

Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF)