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Poverty Stoplight


Poverty Stoplight is an approach that helps people progress out of poverty by empowering them to understand and map their own choices. It encourages households to participate and own their journeys out of poverty, and provides a clear line of sight of how to get there. At the same time it allows organisations delivering support to measure progress against their programme objectives
How it Works
  • The tool uses stoplight colours, photographs, tables, electronic devices, and simple software developed for Android devices to create innovative maps that enable the participants to see and understand the ways in which they are poor.

  • The surveys assess poverty levels using 50 indicators grouped into 6 dimensions of poverty. For each indicator there is picture and definition for very poor (Red), poor (Orange) and not poor (Green).

  • Trained facilitators meet with the family in their home and together they assess their current situation by selecting the appropriate colour on the tablet for each indicator.

  • Beneficiaries are surveyed when they join our programme (baseline), after 12 months and again after 24 months.

Results so Far

In the last 12 months we have conducted over 1300 surveys. We can now conclude with certainty that if a beneficiary thrives on our programme, they will eradicate poverty in their families.  Beneficiaries are typically entering the programme with 27-30 green indicators (not poor), 15-18-orange indicators (poor), and 5 red indictors (very poor).  On average they graduate with 44 greens, 5 oranges and 1 red.