A salute to our wonderful women farmers…


On International Women’s Day we are saluting the thousands of wonderful women who we have had the privilege to work with at Shivia.

Back in 2011, we launched our livelihood programmes in West Bengal with Poultry Development Services (PDS).  The programme was specifically designed to support women as we recognised the particular circumstances affecting them in the the rural villages near Kolkata – lack of education and public services; lives dominated by gruelling domestic work and child rearing; opportunities to earn denied due to cultural practices that keep women subjugated.

With PDS we want to give these women the chance to take control of their own lives, earn their own money and make spending decisions. Research shows that when women are economically empowered the whole family benefits, as Melinda Gates pointed out on Twitter earlier this week.

So, to all our women farmers and to the women in our team on the ground in West Bengal, and to women the world over who work tirelessly to care for their families before themselves, we admire and salute you.


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Meet some of our farmers

Kalyani

I had no way of earning before Shivia introduced me to poultry farming. Now I am a full-time provider for my family and they are very proud of my achievement.…

Kamala

I now have a regular income from selling eggs and some chickens. This opportunity has really changed our lives. I'm managing to buy medicines for my sick child. Thank you!…

Akina

Before this programme we were struggling to cope and owed a lot to the village money-lender.  So much has changed for us now we are earning money from raising chickens.…

Nishikanta

Since joining this training programme I have noticed a great many changes…my costs are down, my yield is up and I am making a profit from farming at long last.…

  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman of Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal

some of our supporters