People living in extreme poverty earn less than $1.90 per day. The ultra-poor are the lowest earning and most vulnerable subset of this population.

They struggle everyday to cope with food shortages, poor health, and lack access to basic services like medical services, clean water, sanitation and formal savings. They rarely own any land or productive assets. Lack of education and skills limit their capacities of a decent livelihood. They are mostly excluded from social services and healthcare, generally live in remote areas disconnected from markets and few have any prospect of sending their children to school in the hope that they at least might look forward to a better future.

Approximately 20 million people are trapped in this spiral of poverty in Bangladesh and globally the number is 400 million.

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FIGHT TO ELIMINATE ULTRA POVERTY

The Graduation approach recognises this complexity and takes a holistic solution to ultra-poverty. Rigorously tested and now replicated across 43 countries and regions, the model has shown great success in enabling ultra-poor families to break out from the spiral of poverty and move towards sustainable livelihoods.

The collection of stories illustrates the transformation of ultra-poor families in Bangladesh, as participants of Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) programme and Graduation programmes in Kenya as part of the PROFIT Financial Graduation pilot who have secured a pathway out of poverty.

THE GRADUATION APPROACH

A pathway to prosperity

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The house of sunshine

Participant has improved house conditions considering the respective geographical context.

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The most important oath

Household’s school-aged children are going to school.

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The real deal on wheels

Household has multiple sources of income

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The coop corporation

Household has increased income and better access to nutritional foods

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Plates full of goodness

Household members are able to eat quality meals.

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A little oasis

Household has a vegetable kitchen garden

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The clean mission

Household members use sanitary latrine and have access to clean drinking water.

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The last card

Ending under-age marriages of participant’s children

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A world of difference, said with a smile

Participant has multiple types of productive assets with at least two sources of income.

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Sewing the threads of life

Participant’s productive asset is at least 25% higher than its original value.

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A desert oasis

Participant’s productive asset is at least 25% higher than its original value.

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Bridging the gap

Participant is a member of a savings group, has savings and has access to credit.

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Strategic Partners in Bangladesh

Strategic Partners in Kenya