Help Women in India Start Small Businesses

by Trickle Up Program


Trickle Up’s program in West Bengal, India is helping extremely poor women start or expand small businesses. They are breaking the cycle of migrant labor and building stronger communities.

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Impoverished women in West Bengal, India have little choice but to become migrant agricultural laborers in order to feed their children. Moving from job to job with children in tow is a harsh way of life that undermines family stability and disrupts the children’s schooling. Trickle Up partners with a local community agency to offer these poor women the opportunity to start their own small family businesses. Help us to help them break the cycle of transitory work.


Trickle Up provides seed capital of $100, business development training and support services to help women in West Bengal, one of India's poorest districts, to start small businesses. The women learn basic business skills and join savings groups.

Long-Term Impact

This project helps these extremely poor women become self-sufficient. They are able to use their business income and savings to provide for their families' basic needs and improve their lives while remaining in their own homes and community.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Trickle Up Program

Organization Information

Trickle Up Program

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Trickle Up Program
Janet Heisey
Project Leader:
Janet Heisey
Program Officer for Asia
New York, New York United States

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