Saktipada Biswas

Saktipada Biswas

Saktipada joined us in 2014, the year we launched our Agri-management Services (AMS) programme in West Bengal.  Prior to this...

Rina Khatrapal

Rina Khatrapal

Rina joined Poultry Development Services in 2015 and her story is typical of so many of the women we work...

Basani Ray

Basani Ray

Basanti joined us in 2016 and has chosen to raise ducks rather than chickens. Like so many of our women...

Anjali Das

Anjali Das

We visited Anjali in July 2018 during the monsoon when the villages become flooded and living conditions are very difficult. ...

Jhuma Majumder

Jhuma Majumder

Sometimes raising chickens can be the stepping stone to bigger and better things as our women farmers use their income,...

Kadam Ray

Kadam Ray

Like so many women living in rural West Bengal, Kadam Ray had no opportunity to work in her village and...

AMS research by volunteer Oliver Shasha

In August 2018, Shivia volunteer Oliver Shasha travelled to West Bengal to report on the impact of Agri-management Services.  Here...

A really fantastic story

Here’s a new video from West Bengal featuring one of our chicken farmers called Kalyani. It was filmed in January...

Inspirational stories told from the heart

Inspirational stories told from the heart

As Head of Livelihoods for Nirdhan (Shivia India), Chandrani Banerjee is in close contact with our beneficiaries on a weekly...

Laxmi

Laxmi started her chicken farming enterprise with Shivia in 2014. This is her story… The family depended on Laxmi’s husband...

Meet some of our farmers

Kalyani

(PDS FARMER)

Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…

Kamala

(PDS FARMER)

Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…

Akina

(PDS FARMER)

Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as agricultural labourers, earning about £1 each per…

Nishikanta

(AMS FARMER)

Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

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    Chairman of Shivia
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    Director, Alquity
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  • 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

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