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About Shivia

Shivia is a UK registered charity working in India. Our mission is to empower the poorest to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change.

We have chosen to work in rural West Bengal, one of India’s poorest states, and provide families there with the tools and training needed to start agricultural enterprises that will provide a regular increase in household income. We aim to promote enterprise and not dependency and empower the people in most need, particularly women, to work their own way out of poverty and provide a brighter future for their children.

 “I am delighted to be the patron of Shivia. I wholeheartedly support the approach that people should be given the tools to help themselves out of poverty. Through years of practical experience Shivia has developed a really robust livelihood development programme which is making a significant difference to the quality of life of families in West Bengal.” 

Nick Jenkins, Patron of Shivia 

Shivia is changing lives with chickens

We provide women living in poverty with the tools and training to start a small enterprise from home.  We do this with our life-changing poultry toolkits that allow women to earn money by raising chickens and selling the products – eggs and birds. 

Our poultry toolkits are delivered by our dedicated field team who are recruited from the villages where we work on the outskirts of Kolkata.  We call this programme Poultry Development ServicesRead more about this programme here

With a donation of just £15 you could give a woman struggling to support her family one of our life changing poultry toolkits:

  • 10 one-day-old chicks or ducks (cost = £4)
  • Vaccinations & medications to prevent disease (cost = £1)
  • 2kgs bag of chick feed (cost = £1)
  • Six months of training and mentoring in poultry rearing and financial management from one of our locally recruited field staff (cost = £9)

How do chickens change lives?

  • Up to 30% increase in household income – farmers can earn £45 from one toolkit in the first year.
  • Women’s lives improve - they are empowered by the capacity to earn and are able to make spending decisions. They are respected by both family and their local community. 
  • Children benefit from a healthier diet and access to a better education – when women earn they spend on their family before themselves.

Since 2011, we have worked with over 10,000 very poor families in over 1,000 villages near Kolkata and distributed over 50,000 income-generating poultry toolkits. With an average of 6 members per household, we estimate that Poultry Development Services has impacted the lives of over 60,000 people.

“When I visit poor communities and speak with women about their lives, they tell me about the daily struggle to give their children a chance at a better life than they had. And a lot of times, one of the most powerful weapons in that struggle is a small flock of chickens.” 


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