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In 2012, Trickle Up served 7,558 new participants, improving the quality of life for nearly 40,000 people. Of our participants, 98% are women and 14% of participants' households are affected by disabilities. 

Our six definitions of success capture the transformational changes in participants’ lives and guide how we measure their progress as they take the first steps out of poverty:

Definition #1: Less Vulnerable to Shocks and Trends:

  • In India, households diversified their livelihood base by engaging in one extra occupation on average (from 2.3 to 3.4) reducing vulnerability associated with weather, markets and other external shocks.
  • Key personal assets such as mobile phones, radios, and bicycles grew by over 45%, improving quality of life, mobility and social connection.
  • Participating Central American households reported doubling their consumption of protein-rich foods.


Definition #2: Livelihood Activities are Diversified, Dignified, Productive and Sustainable:

  • 140% increase in productive assets in participant households.
  • In Central America, all women are contributing to their household’s income versus 28% at the start of the program.
  • In West Africa, 100% of participants reported that they take part in economic activities, up from 53%.
  • In India, there was a 74% decrease in households that primarily rely on daily wage labor, from 65% to 17%.


Definition #3: A Fair and Effective Means to Save and Access Credit:

  • 99% of participants reported having savings at the end of the program, an increase from 21% at the start of the program.
  • 57% of women in Central America who have taken out a loan from their savings group have done so to maintain or expand their business.
  • In Central America, the number of participants who have savings that would cover their household expenses for more than a week more than doubled.
  • In India, there was an 84% decrease in the number of participants who were in debt to high interest charging moneylenders.


Definition #4: Improved Access to Available Basic Social Services:

  • 74% of participants in India reported using public health services instead of unqualified local “doctors”, up from 14% at the start of the program.
  • Among participants, institutional deliveries increased in India from 18% to 80%, reducing the risk of maternal and child mortality.
  • In India, use of mosquito nets rose from 43% to 93% of households.


Definition #5: A Better Quality of Life:

  • Over 100% increase in food security: Participants who reported often and sometimes not having enough to eat fell from 71% to 40% by the end of the program.
  • 93% of participants in India and Mali report that their lives have improved over the past year.
  • Households in West Africa report a reduction of 1.6 months of the annual lean season.
  • Households in Guatemala report a decrease of insufficient food intake from 75% to 24%.


Definition #6: Significant Progress Towards Economic and Social Empowerment:

  • 9 out of 10 women report they participate in family decision-making.
  • 41% of women in India had participated in local governance meetings of Panchayats in their last year in the program.
  • In Central Americas, 89% of women report having their own money for purchases, compared to just 35% at the start of the program.
  • 62% of participating Indian women can now sign their names, nearly doubling since the start of the program.
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