Poverty Stoplight Family

Fundación Paraguaya, Paraguay

Participatory Poverty Alleviation with Fundación Paraguaya

Fundación Paraguaya is a self-sustainable NGO that has spearheaded microfinance and entrepreneurship in Paraguay for the last 30 years. It works with practical innovations to eliminate poverty including: a micro-credit program that serves nearly 90,000 micro-entrepreneurs, a program for entrepreneurial education for young people, and a program for self-financed farming high schools in Paraguay and the rest of the world.

One of its most recent innovations is the Poverty Stoplight, which is powerful tool in overcoming one of poverty’s toughest challenges — behavior change at the individual level .

IMAGO has been working since August 2016 with the Poverty Stoplight on a scaling up strategy that should make the Stoplight a global reference of choice for participatory poverty analysis and action. This five year strategy defines the specific steps that are needed to make the Stoplight’s methodology translatable across different cultural and economic contexts as well as financially self-sustaining across the world.

The Poverty Stoplight, and the amazing and hard-working people behind it, sparks the capacity to change the world one step at a time with the poor at the center of the diagnosis and in charge of deciding actionable plans to change the many dimensions of poverty.

Social Enterprises Workshop, Kenya

In collaboration with the Social Enterprise Innovation program at the World Bank, IMAGO developed a course to generate awareness and bring about change in key developing countries with large gaps in service delivery that could be filled by social entrepreneurs. The course aims to connect social entrepreneurs and policymakers, by helping them to understand each other’s perspectives and appreciate the impact that can come from working together.

The course is targeted at policymakers who seek to know more about the role and impact of social entrepreneurs. Social enterprises offer new ways of solving service delivery problems through technological changes and innovative business models.

The most recent course took place in Nairobi in early 2016. Participants included policymakers from Kenya, Benin, and Ethiopia. IMAGO is partnering with the World Bank to turn the workshop into an e-learning course.

Sierra Productiva, Peru

Sierra Productiva is a network of 55,000 indigenous farmers in the Peruvian highlands, that has an informal training and learning system led by Yachachiqs (members who teach other farmers). It has been working with an NGO, the Instituto para una Alternative Agraria on the adoption of 18 technologies that have been very successful in raising farm productivity. IMAGO has been working with the Yachachiqs and the NGO on a vision for the program and on preparing project proposals for their products.

Transform Rural India

Seeking Equal Opportunity with Transform Rural India

Transform Rural India is a civil society organization working to bring equal opportunities to India’s poorest, supporting them in their journey to prosperity, dignity and a better life.

TRI supports NGOs working at the grassroots, bringing together multiple partners across civil society, government, public sectors, and commercial enterprises on a single “impact platform“, to promote and foster collaborative relationships among communities. Their work includes preparing communities to drive their own change process, accelerating rural prosperity, building strong market linkages and developing market solutions, and mobilizing support from state governments.

IMAGO’s work with TRI began in early 2015 to help the organization scale their impact, support their efforts at engaging diverse stakeholders and affecting collective impact. This engagement includes co-creating an organizational theory of change, supporting their development of a results framework, cultivating their partnership development with rural partners and the thematic NGOs that are a part of their network and collaboratively developing training modules for key actors in the system. IMAGO is excited and challenged by our continued engagement with TRI as the organzation strives to exand equal opportunity to rural India.


The Self-Reliant Initiatives for Joint Action (SRIJAN) is an Indian NGO that supports the formation and development of women’s Self-Help Groups, with a focus on economic livelihoods. IMAGO is working with SRIJAN to identify the pre-conditions for scaling up its activities with Self-Help Groups including in particular the development of effective livelihoods of poor families and business development of community-owned producer companies in Horticulture, Agriculture and Dairy. The work involves capacity building as well as applying IMAGO’s scaling up framework to the organization’s commercial activities to provide sustainable income to the members of Self Help Groups. They now work with 40,000 families and want to scale up to 100,000.

Check out this video from IMAGO’s latest workshop with Srijan

SEWA sisters working to package spices

SEWA, India

The Self-Employed Women’s Association is a union of poor women in India’s informal sector, deeply grounded in Gandhian values, that has grown to 2 million members over the past 40 years. SEWA plans to scale to 4 million members in the next 10 years. Imago has been working with SEWA for nearly two years to prepare the organization for this rapid growth with a focus on building the necessary pre-conditions for scaling in a way that is consistent with their values. The work has included strategy work, capacity building, advice on IT, preparation for data integration and livelihood surveys. IMAGO has also worked with SEWA’s profit centers, including RUDI (rural marketing), TFC (handicrafts), and Geetanjali (stationary), on their business practices and plans as social enterprises.