Basani Ray

Basanti joined us in 2016 and has chosen to raise ducks rather than chickens. Like so many of our women farmers, she was desperate to earn some extra money to support her family as her husband’s meagre income from working as an agricultural labourer was simply not enough to feed the household of five people.  Basanti is selling her produce at the local market and to neighbours in the village and is very happy to be earning her own money.  It has given her confidence and made her feel very positive about herself and also about the future.  She’s heard about our goat farming programme and is very keen to get involved.  We asked her for a comment about her experience of Poultry Development Services and she simply said, “Long live Shivia!” And we’re happy with that!

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(PDS Farmer)

"I had no way of earning before Shivia introduced me to poultry…


(PDS Farmer)

"I now have a regular income from selling eggs and some chickens.…


(PDS Farmer)

"Before this programme we were struggling to cope and owed a lot…


(AMS Farmer)

"Since joining the AMS programme I have noticed very many positive changes.…

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