- Trickle Up
[http://www.trickleup.org Trickle Up] is a
nonprofit international developmentorganization that empowers people living on less than $1 a day to take their first steps out of poverty. Founded in 1979 by Glenn Leet and Mildred Robbins Leet, Trickle Up has been providing people in extreme poverty the assets to create a sustainable livelihood and a better quality of life, for nearly 30 years. In partnership with local agencies, Trickle Up provides poor people with business training and seed capital of $100 to launch or expand a microenterprise and savings support to build assets. Trickle Up currently works in eight countries: India, Nepal, Uganda, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
Trickle Up has held Special Consultative Status with the
United Nations Economic and Social Councilsince 1987. Currently, Trickle Up is working with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor or CGAPon a project in Bandhan, India which was a grant recipient in CGAP's Pro-Poor Innovation Challenge, PPIC.
Although participation in Trickle Up is available to all people who meet meet specific social and economic criteria, the organization concentrates on reaching women and people with disabilities, who are disproportionately represented among the world’s poor. Trickle Up starts or expands more than 10,000 microenterprises each year. Of every $1 Trickle Up spends, 86 cents goes to programs and services. All of this is done with donations, which can be made at the [https://secure.ga6.org/08/trickleup_donate Trickle Up website] , because fundraising and administrative expenses are funded by the board and various foundations. [ [http://www.trickleup.org/about/PDFs/FS06.pdf Financial Statement 2006] ] [ [http://www.trickleup.org/about/PDFs/2006AR.pdf Annual Report 2006] ] [ Independent Charities, America. [http://www.independentcharities.org/search/searchset.asp?c=n "Trickle Up Program, Inc."] [http://www.independentcharities.org Independent Charities of America Website] retrieved
04/16/08] [ [http://www.charitynavigator.org Charity Navigator - America's Largest Charity Evaluator | Home ] ]
Trickle Up was established in 1979 by Glen and Mildred Robbins Leet with the mission to help the lowest-earning people worldwide take their first steps out of poverty by providing conditional seed capital and business training essential to the launch of a microenterprise.
The program was born when the founders traveled to one of the
Caribbean’s poorest nations, Dominica. The Leets recognized what other poverty alleviation programs were missing: that even the world’s lowest income people have entrepreneurial potential. The model they created was simple, but effective. With the assistance of local agencies and $1000 of their own money, Glen and Mildred gave ten people grants of $100 to launch their own microenterprises. The Leets provided them with Trickle Up business plans and reports to track business expenses and earnings. New business activities ranged from building blocks to selling eggs, jams, and school uniforms. Some of those businesses are still operating today. Results were overwhelmingly positive in terms of quality of life improvements for our entrepreneurs.
Grants versus Loans
Trickle Up offers grants, not loans, because it targets the
extreme poor, people living on less than $1 a day, who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to obtain a microloanor otherwise access traditional financial services. In 2005, Trickle Up Monitoring & Evaluation Officer Vimala Palaniswamy published a report, [http://www.sais-jhu.edu/programs/i-dev/Perspectives/Perspectives2005.pdf "Grants Versus Loans,"] regarding the use of microgrants and microloans.
Trickle Up provides business training, seed capital grants and support to help people launch a microenterprise. It focuses on reaching women and people with disabilities, who are disproportionately represented among the world’s poor. Trickle Up starts or expands more than 10,000 businesses each year. Once they have launched their businesses, microentrepreneurs are able to provide better nutrition, health care and education for their families.
Trickle Up identifies potential microentrepreneurs with help from local organizations that are active and trusted in the regions where Trickle Up works. Once an entrepreneur has been identified, Trickle Up works with its local partners to provide him or her with business training, seed capital of about $100 to start a business, and a connection to savings groups. After business planning and training, Trickle Up releases the first half of the grant to the new microentrepreneur to cover launch costs. This capital might go to purchasing a sewing machine for a tailoring business, or buying a table, chair, and parasol to set up a food stand in a local market. Once a business is up and running, the second half of the grant is released, allowing microentrepreneurs to grow their businesses further. In addition to the seed grant, Trickle Up teaches people the skills they will need to run successful and profitable businesses, such as keeping records, balancing accounts and reinvesting profits in their businesses.
A vital, final piece of the Trickle Up program is connecting microentrepreneurs to savings groups to encourage participants to save money for the future. Entrepreneurs may turn to savings in the case of a medical emergency. Others might draw on these funds to expand a business, pay for a wedding, or buy safer, more suitable homes. No matter what, having savings means that families who once lived hand-to-mouth are better prepared for whatever life hands them.
Trickle Up also continues to work with local partner organizations to provide microentrepreneurs with additional business support services, including links to ongoing sources of capital, like microcredit. In an innovative pilot program in West Bengal, India, Trickle Up is now working with the
Consultative Group to Assist the Poorto graduate 300 women from the Trickle Up program to eligibility for microcredit. In this way, Trickle Up functions as the first step out of extreme poverty – and the first stop on the microfinance continuum.
Trickle Up’s approach has proven to be overwhelmingly successful: after the first year, about 90 percent of Trickle Up businesses continue functioning.
Trickle Up is funded by individuals, corporations, and government and multilateral organizations, including
USAIDand the International Finance Corporationof the World Bank.
Trickle Up has held Special Consultative Status with the
United Nations Economic and Social Councilsince 1987.
Trickle Up is given high ratings by charity watchdog, Charity Navigator, for its efficient and effective use of funds. Eighty-four cents of every $1 donated goes directly to program support.
* [http://www.trickleup.org Trickle Up Website]
* [http://www.charitynavigator.org The Charity Navigator]
* [http://www.independentcharities.org Independent Charities of America Website]
# [http://www.independentcharities.org/search/searchset.asp?c=n Independent Charities of America ICA]
# [http://www.trickleup.org/about/PDFs/FS06.pdf www.TrickleUp.org]
# [http://www.trickleup.org/about/PDFs/2006AR.pdf www.TrickleUp.org]
# [http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6599 The Charity Navigator Website]
# [http://www.sais-jhu.edu/programs/i-dev/Perspectives/Perspectives2005.pdf Vimala Palaniswamy, "Grants versus Loans"]
# [http://www.trickleup.org/about/PDFs/winter2007NL.pdf Winter 2007 Update]
# [http://www.trickleup.org/about/PDFs/Spring2007NL.pdf Spring 2007 Update]
# [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~sch00373 Trickle Up catalogued]
# [http://www.cgap.org/portal/binary/com.epicentric.contentmanagement.servlet.ContentDeliveryServlet/PovertyOutreach/PPIC/TrickleUp_baseline_profile.pdf CGAP Pro=Poor Innovation Challenge Project]
# [http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/pdf/INF_List.pdf UNESC Special Consultative Groups]
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