Advent of Change 2019


Shivia is supported by Advent of Change for the second-year running

We are delighted to announce that we have joined Advent of Change for a second-year running, as part of a unique charity advent calendar for Christmas 2019.

Last year the celebrity-endorsed social enterprise Advent of Change launched the first-of-its-kind charity advent calendar, which supported 24 charities, including Shivia. By the end of 2018, the movement had raised £100,000 for the charities, and even received an award from the Prime Minister in recognition of outstanding contribution to charitable causes.

This year the calendar is returning, alongside four brand new products, including the UK’s first Braille advent calendar, created in collaboration with the RNIB .

Each day of this alternative advent calendar represents a 50p donation and describes how that gift could be used, giving the recipient a ‘feel-good feeling’ when seeing exactly how they’ve helped – from clearing plastic from UK shores, to offering shelter to a homeless person, and even helping to provide life-changing medicine for a sick child.  And in our case, helping to provide one of our income-generating poultry toolkits to a family living in poverty in India.

Shivia is featured in the £16,95 Advent Calendar, pictured here on the far left. Want to buy one? Just click on the image to buy online.

Turning Christmas consumerism upside down

Advent of Change started with one person, and a little idea: to take a product built to receive and reverse its purpose to give instead – an idea that quickly captured the imagination of many others.

The innovative social enterprise caught the attention of John Lewis & Partners, who this year will again be stocking the calendar in stores throughout the country and online. Dan Cooper, Partner and Head Christmas Buyer at John Lewis & Partners, said:

“In my role, I get to see some really interesting and exciting new products, but the Advent of Change advent calendar really stood out to me as an incredibly innovative way of giving back during the festive season.”

Advent of Change has also secured a number of exciting endorsements from household names such as Sir Richard Branson, Joanna Lumley OBE, Greg James, and Lawrence Dallaglio OBE.

This year, the Founder, 27-year-old Kristina Salceanu, hopes to more than double the amount raised last year, and help a total of 72 charities. She said:

“Advent of Change began with one simple idea: to give the gift of giving at Christmas. And that small idea has captured the imagination of so many people already, and we really do believe that this simple concept has the power to change the world. We’re a non-profit with a mission: to help make the world a more fair, equal and sustainable place. We aim to create the world’s kindest products, and we are extremely proud to be representing Shivia again in 2019!”

Kristina pictured here with Holly Branson at the Advent of Change 2019 launch event

Open up to change this year

The Advert Calendar is available to buy online via the Advent of Change website and John Lewis & Partners, plus John Lewis and Waitrose stores across the country. The calendar costs £16.95, with over 80% of the sale price of this product going directly to charity. Every calendar sold means a 50p donation to Shivia and 23 other deserving charities.

Why buy any other advent calendar this Christmas?

Kristina speaking at the Advent of Change launch event for supported charities

Victoria and Olly at the launch

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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.…

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    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.
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    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.
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