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Trickle Up and community based-organization, Fundalachua, the municipality of Cahabón and the municipality of Chahal are working in 28 Q'eqchi communities in rural Guatemala to empower 750 vulnerable young women between the ages of 15 and 24 over two years using the Graduation Approach. The municipality of Cahabón will work with a cohort of 200 participants, Fundalachua will work with a cohort of 300 participants, and the municipality of Chahal will work with a cohort of 250 participants. The design of this project combines the components of the Graduation Approach to livelihood development with key interventions in reproductive health to deepen the impact of both. In addition to the strong evidence supporting the efficacy of the Graduation Approach, the inclusion of male family members will increase the likelihood that changes in gender dynamics and decision-making will be sustainable and support the long-term evolution of social norms in project communities.


Empower 750 young indigenous women through the Graduation Approach, building participants’ livelihoods and resiliency by skill-building to improve bookkeeping, market assessment, livelihood planning and specific livelihood skills, training to increase basic financial literacy and understanding of savings, credit, interest rates, shares and insurance, creating 35-40 savings groups to provide access to savings and loans and to build social capital, cash transfers to finance household livelihood plans, training on food security, nutrition and support to grow kitchen gardens, and regular household coaching visits to reinforce training and provide technical assistance to participants as they implement new livelihood activities. Promote gender equity, sexual and reproductive health and rights in project communities by supporting Graduation participants to develop life plans, utilizing savings groups as safe spaces for training, discussions and problem-solving around issues of gender discrimination and inequality, and training Graduation participants and 750 related men on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Cross-cutting issues

Indigenous communities


  • Guatemala>Alta Verapaz


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Social Services
  • Gender

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