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Trickle Up was established in 1979. Since then they have helped more than 1.5 million of the poorest, most vulnerable people living in developing countries move to greater economic self-sufficiency and connection with their communities.

They help the poorest graduate out of extreme poverty. They focus on women, people with disabilities, people from rural areas, indigenous groups, and refugees because they are disproportionately affected by extreme poverty.

Trickle Up implements a program called Graduation to help people take a series of steps on the path toward greater economic self-sufficiency. Women are carefully selected and form savings groups of other women in their village. They receive a small seed capital grant to start business activities. They learn to save, access credit, build skills and support one another as peers. Each woman also receives one-on-one coaching – important for building confidence and developing livelihood plans for the future.

To make this work happen, Trickle Up works in partnership with local organizations, global institutions, and governments, focusing on how to scale what works. Click here to read some inspiring Trickle Up stories.