About us


Shivia was founded in 2008 and is a UK registered charity working in India.

We empower the people in most need, and particularly women, to work their own way out of poverty and provide a brighter future for themselves and their family.

The focus for each of our programmes is to provide the tools and training for people to start their own small enterprise and earn a decent income.  We believe this is key to the success of our programmes and helps deliver the impact we are striving for.

In 2020 we established Shivia Livelihoods Foundation in India, a Section 8 Company (NGO) – click here for more details.



The Artemis Charitable Foundation has been supporting Shivia for many years and we have been constantly impressed by the sustainable impact of Shivia’s work in some of the poorest communities in India, alleviating poverty by helping people gain the skills and materials and confidence to provide for themselves and their families. Some of their work is truly ground breaking, setting down a blue print that other charities will likely follow.

Although a relatively small charity, the standard of governance is of the highest order and the quality of reporting back to the donors exemplary. We have visited Shivia’s operations in India and found the quality of people and their commitment to be commendable. Our view is that Shivia has the organisational structure in place to be a significantly larger charity without compromising on quality or the impact of their work.

As with all charities a key factor is the founder, and in Olly Donnelly, the founder and Chief Executive, there is unstinting commitment and effective professionalism and a driving force for maximum positive impact in the communities in which Shivia operates.

The Artemis Charitable Foundation

IMPACT STORIES

Poultry Farmer

(SHANTI)

Shanti lives in the Nayagarh District in Odisha with her husband and…

Poultry Farmer

(RACHANA)

Rachana was one of the first women to enrol on Poultry Development…

Poultry Farmer

(AKINA)

Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her…

Paddy Farmer

(NISHIKANTA)

Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He…

  • It has been a pleasure to help shine a light on the inspirational work that Shivia does. The team’s passion and determination to make a lasting difference to families living in poverty – and doing so respectfully – is clear in every interaction. By contributing support for their marketing communications and brand identity evolution, we hope that they will be able to empower even more people in the future.
    Rebecca Lovelock
    Founder at Bretom
  • Shivia’s work is very impressive - how it is carried out and who the people are working in the locations.  It is a very healthy and together team which is being very effective.
    Jane Meyer
    Trustee of T&J Meyer Family Foundation
  • "The work Shivia does is simple and yet so life-changing, we’re thrilled to have been part of the charity’s growth story and hope to partner with them for many years to come.”
    Marisa Charosky
    Coordinator - Artemis Charitable Foundation
  • Agri-management Services has the capacity to deliver lasting change for our farmers. I have always felt that the farmers feed our nation while they can hardly afford to feed themselves. What an irony. So if my team and I are able to help farmers earn a sustainable income through agriculture, there’s nothing better than this.

    Joe Rao
    Lead Consultant for Shivia
  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman - Shivia