Trickle Up

Helping indigenous women in Guatemala become engines of economic development

Trickle Up believes that investing in individuals in developing countries at the grassroots level is the most effective way to overcome poverty. In 2017, UNFCU Foundation will support Trickle Up’s Inclusive Ixcán Project in Guatemala. The project will empower 250 participants, 90% of whom are indigenous Mayans, Q’eqchi’ and Quiché, children and families. These represent Guatemalan Natives who have been living in extreme poverty for generations.

The program provides skills training and coaching, capital grants, and financial and social support to help these families kick start their small businesses and increase their household savings, using the proven Graduation Approach. Watch our webinar to learn more about this approach.

Program goals:
  • Train program participants to build technical skills that will allow them to engage in local market activities
  • Create plans for sustainable, income generating activities
  • Provide micro-financing to help kick start small businesses and income generating activities
  • Offer training and education around health, reproductive and sexual rights, and the rights of people with disabilities
Key fact:
  • USD 1,000 supports the formation of a savings group for 12‑15 women