Nirdhan (Shivia India)

In 2011, we set up our partner organisation in Kolkata in order to manage our operations in India. Shivia India, known locally as Nirdhan, is a Section 8 company (NGO), with permanent FCRA status enabling Shivia UK to transfer funds at any time.

Our two organisations work in close harmony and share the same aims and objectives in all that we do.

Find out more about Nirdhan:


Nirdhan is governed by a board of six directors (trustees).  Click on the name to read a short profile:

Nirdhan also has a small management team based in Kolkata who are responsible for our programmes:


The field team is made up of five Field Supervisors and 36 Livelihood Service Providers who deliver toolkits and training to our beneficiaries. They are all recruited from the villages where we work so speak the local language, know the communities there and, most importantly, are trusted and respected by our farmers.



Meet some of our farmers


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.…


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!…


"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."…


"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