ANAWARA first registered for the Poultry Development Services livelihood programme (PDS) in August 2012 and has since invested in five poultry toolkits. Prior to PDS she had no income of her own and the family was very poor. She could not afford to send her eldest four daughters to school and married them off early. Her youngest daughter is ten years old and using the income she has gained from PDS, Anawara is pay for private tuition to educate her so she can gain the qualifications she needs to stay in school and pass her exams.

Anawara is delighted with the PDS programme and the small poultry farming enterprise she has developed with our help and training. She aspires to be able to own goats one day and start breeding from them to gain another income, as goats are a valued animal in West Bengal and command high prices at market.

The PDS project has helped a lot to improve my family’s life and means of income. Now I can buy many things for us and we eat good food regularly. I am very happy that I can earn some extra money to pay for private tuition for my child and keep her in school and give her nutritious food to eat. I am very interested to start another farming enterprise and I want to start raising goats one day.

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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…



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  • 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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