Poverty Stoplight


The Poverty Stoplight Methodology seeks to eliminate the multidimensional poverty that affects the families with whom we work. It allows families to trace their own poverty map and develop and implement a clear plan to overcome it.

Through a visual survey which uses a series of photographs, families self-assess their level of poverty in 50 indicators grouped into 6 dimensions of poverty which are: Income & Employment, Health & Environment, Housing & Infrastructure, Education & Culture, Organization & Participation and Interiority & Motivational. Each indicator is defined as Red (extreme poverty), Yellow (poverty) or Green (not poverty). For applying the Poverty Stoplight survey, we use software developed in conjunction with Hewlet Packard.

This methodology seeks to provide innovative solutions to poverty, while identifying practical solutions that are normally there, but cannot be distinguished without the advice of a person who acts as a mentor. 

Benefits of the methodology:

  • Provides a comprehensive analysis of the different levels of poverty, mapping them geographically.
  • Enables to channel actions to eliminate poverty, which leads to better results.
  • Breaks down the often “overwhelm” concept of poverty into a series of smaller manageable poverty problems.
  • It puts the families as the main protagonists of their poverty elimination strategy, as it is a “self-assessment” of poverty.
  • Makes the invisible visible, dividing poverty into 6 dimensions and 50 indicators that define the level of poverty for each family
  • Generates poverty elimination plans that go beyond mere subsidies; it seeks to promote change in the typical patterns that generate poverty in the lives of families.