To increase income for women and vulnerable groups living in extreme poverty.
Poverty trap from multiple sources (credit and savings constraints, poor information and behavioral biases).
Trickle Up identifies the ultra-poor and delivers a four part program: a productive asset grant to start a business, training, coaching, and a savings group.
Participants operate a micro-business
Annual household income
Burkina Faso, India, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Technical assistance in other developing countries.
4,591 served in 2014/15 Current model: 11 yrs old
Trickle Up delivered a high-quality program to 7,195 vulnerable people living in extreme poverty in 2015 that increases income, food consumption, and savings, and continues reaching vulnerable groups at the approximate marginal cost of $340.
Trickle Up improves the lives of women and other vulnerable groups living in ultra-poverty, increasing income, food consumption, and savings.
This conclusion is reached by mapping lessons from similar programs implemented in similar settings for similar groups to the program Trickle Up runs.
Outcomes and cost
The evidence for Trickle Up’s impact, is based on rigorous, counterfactual evidence of the impact of similar programs. This evidence has the drawback of being from a similar program, and not from Trickle Up’s specific work, which does not yet have high-quality counterfactual evidence available. However, the evaluations of these other programs are methodologically strong and similar enough to Trickle Up’s program (in terms of intervention design, intervention fidelity, setting, and population reached) to conclude Trickle Up’s program very likely has large positive impact for women and other vulnerable groups living in ultra-poverty.
Trickle Up has directly delivered its program to 7,195 vulnerable people last year at high quality and is a learning organization and a transparent organization.
This conclusion is based on Trickle Up’s internal monitoring data, monitoring systems, and quality assurance protocols, which are credible and strong.
Activities and outputs: Quantity
The evidence for quantity is based on internal processed data.
- Since 1979: over 200,000 participants directly
- Since 2013: 6,600 households through technical assistance
Activities and outputs: Quality
The evidence for quality is based on internal protocols and program/ monitoring documents.
- Internal monitoring staff: Yes
- Routine staff training: Yes
- Strong partner supervision: Yes
- Responsive to data: Yes
- Quality improvement: Yes
This is based on information obtained from interviews with Trickle Up’s president and senior staff.
This is based on the breadth and depth of Trickle Up’s published reports, activity data, and organization data.