Stuff the turkey….and spare a thought for chickens

Are you stuck for inspiration this Christmas? Are you looking for an original gift idea for friends or family? Or considering giving further afield?  We might have the answer you are looking for…..

Give the gift of chickens…

We have just launched our Christmas fundraising appeal: ‘Stuff the turkey and spare a thought for chickens’.

With a donation of just £15 to Shivia you could give the gift of chickens to a family living in poverty in India this Christmas. Not just one chicken but a small flock of 10 chicks which will soon grow into a ready source of some much needed cash (not to mention a nutritious meal for the whole family).  We call this our Poultry Toolkit and it provides everything our beneficiaries need to start a back-yard chicken farming enterprise, including extensive training and advice from our team of chicken farming experts to maximise success.

The countdown has started…

We hope you will get involved over the next couple of weeks. Our target is to raise enough donations to supply 200 Poultry Toolkits to families in need in the rural villages near Kolkata…..that’s 2,000 chickens! We are doing this through our crowdfunding partner Global Giving – they are running an end-of-year campaign for participating charities and, with your help, we could win a £1,000 bonus prize…and that could pay for another 66 Poultry Toolkits.

How to donate…

It’s easy to donate and turn your money into a Poultry Toolkit (or two or more) and help a family start their chicken farming enterprise for a brighter future.

Click here to visit our Global Giving page and choose how much to give.

Gift Certificates…

If you would like a Gift Certificate to show the value of your donation please get in touch here:  We will email you a certificate to print at home and pop into someone’s Christmas stocking!

Wishing you a very happy Christmas from everyone at Shivia.

Thank you.


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 daily agricultural labourers, earning approximately Rs 100…



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 TFN 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

some of our supporters