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Trickle Up’s Microenterprise Seed Capital and Matched Savings for Very Poor People Living with HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Promising Practices Series)
This case study describes Trickle Up’s collaboration with W.O.M.E.N., a small Cambodian NGO that provides home health care services and health education to slumdwellers affected by HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh. As part of a two-year pilot project,funded by the Elton John Aids Foundation, Trickle Up has provided $100 seed capital grants to families in W.O.M.E.N.’s home health care program to start or expand microenterprises. These households also participate in a flexible individual savings program, in which the home healthcare teams are employed to collect savings during their regular visits. Trickle Up encouraged these savings by matching a portion of the clients’ weekly savings amount during the first year after the seed capital grants had been disbursed.