Vasant Subramanyan | Chairman

Appointment date: August 2011 Career: Mr Subramanyan is Director and CEO of Last Peak, a full-service Info Tech enabled services provider, healthcare management...

Shouryabrata Mandal | Director

Appointment date: August 2011 Career: Mr Mandal is a partner at the Indian national law firm, Fox Mandal, based in...

Deepak Daftari | Director

Appointment date: November 2012 Career: Mr Daftari is the CEO and Director of & DD WebVision Pvt. Ltd.

Amitabh Rai | Director

Appointment date: November 2012 Career: Mr Rai is the General Manager of the Trident Gurgaon Hotel in Delhi. He started...

Sundaresan Radhakrishnan | Director

Appointment Date: December 2013 Career: Mr Radhakrishnan is President of TiE (The IndusEntrepreneurs), Kolkata and Chairman of ICTE subcommittee of...

Joe Rao | General Manager

Appointment Date: Mr Rao has worked with Shivia India (Nirdhan) since March 2010. He was appointed General Manager in February...

Chandrani Banerjee | Head of Livelihood Programmes

Appointment Date: Ms Banerjee became a consultant to Nirdhan (Shivia India) in March 2010 and was appointed Head of Livelihood...

Aloke Saha | Head of Finance

Appointment Date: Mr Saha became a consultant to Nirdhan (Shivia India) in March 2010 and was appointed Head of Finance...

Habib Reza | Operations Consultant

Appointment date: Mr Reza was appointed a consultant to Nirdhan (Shivia India) in March 2010. Career: Mr Reza is assistant...

Jennifer Gomes | Fundraising Assistant

Jennifer Gomes | Fundraising Assistant

Jennifer was appointed in October 2017 with responsibility for fundraising within India.  She is pictured here (left) visiting some of...

Meet some of our farmers



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

  • Shivia was a natural project for The Funding Network to support: a strong social change mission, with a local focus providing a hand up, not a hand out to the women and communities it works with.
    Karen Millen
    UK Operations Manager, The Funding Network
  • 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
  • I cannot thank Shivia enough for giving me this opportunity. I am extremely happy that your team held my hand and provided me with excellent training to understand about raising chickens and earning money from them. I now have the confidence to carry on with my poultry enterprise on my own.
    PDS farmer
    Kolaghat location West Bengal

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