Curry and wine tasting supper kicks off 10/10 campaign

Huge thanks to Shivia supporter David Ray for kicking off our 10/10 multiplier campaign with a wonderful curry supper and wine tasting evening.

David heard about our fundraising campaign at our 10th anniversary party hosted by Artemis in May where we were joined by over 100 friends of Shivia.  After watching the film we produced in house to celebrate the last 10 years (you can watch it here), Mark Rogers, Executive Director of St James’s Place Wealth Management, explained to everyone the idea behind the 10/10 campaign.  Using the number 10 as a theme, Mark asked people to think of new and exciting ways to fundraise for Shivia and multiply the effect 10 times over.

David quickly took up the challenge and hosted a curry supper and wine tasting evening for 10 friends.  The food was expertly prepared by a couple of inspired chefs (judging by the photo below), plus Shivia Ambassador Max Patel who taught the guests to make chapatis.  The wine was supplied by Kevin O’Rourke from The Wineman ( who brought a section of six Indian wines (Sula) for the guests to sample.

In exchange for an evening of great food, wine and a lot of fun, David asked his 10 guests to make a donation to Shivia and raised £230, which could pay for 15 of our life changing poultry toolkits.  A great start to the 10/10 campaign!  He hopes at least 10 people will follow his lead and host a similar event. We hope so too.

If you are inspired by David’s idea here are a couple of typical Bengali recipes you might want to try:

Robibar er Murgir Jhol (Bengali chicken curry)

Salmon in Bengali mustard sauce (by Madhur Jaffrey)






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

some of our supporters