A word from…. the De Laszlo Foundation


Damon de Laszlo, The Damon de Laszlo Foundation

Shivia’s unique approach to helping subsistence farmers in West Bengal is very effective. They train individuals, giving them specific expertise to improve their agricultural output for the benefit of the whole family. The first great success has been teaching many thousands how to raise chickens and take advantage of selling eggs to produce an income. Having studied the lives of their beneficiaries, and asking them where they needed help, their second project was with agriculture and their third with goats.   When I visited Shivia in West Bengal in November 2015, it was interesting to note the number of water ponds and the possibility of developing fish-farming as another source of protein and income.  The Shivia team always starts a project with in-depth research and I am delighted to learn that they are now in a position to conduct a research project into fish-farming as their next livelihood enhancing programme. I look forward to hearing the results later this year and hope others will join me in supporting this project.

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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.…

  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    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.
    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

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