Arpita Mandal lived in extreme poverty until she joined Trickle Up’s program in her community in rural West Bengal, India. Today she owns 18 goats, 50 hens, and an incense business. She saves in a Trickle Up savings group and can afford to send her children to school. “Everything is going in a good direction,” she says.
Trickle Up's participants are inspiring women who must overcome many obstacles to overcome extreme poverty and provide a better future for themselves and their families. Here are a few of their stories.
When women in India, Mali and Guatemala come together in a savings group circle, they build savings, grow their businesses, gain confidence and work in solidarity with one another. Together, in their circles, women begin to reap the rewards of hard work. Soon they are improving the lives of their families by giving birth to their newborns in hospitals, sending their children to school for the first time and ensuring their families have enough food to eat.