Laxmi started her chicken farming enterprise with Shivia in 2014. This is her story…

The family depended on Laxmi’s husband Soilen for their income.  He owned a small van which he used for deliveries but when this broke down they could not afford to repair it and his income soon dried up.  Laxmi began earning a few rupees from pulling the copper wires from old car tyres – a time consuming and laborious job – but it was not enough to support the family and pay for the basic household expenses.  The children stopped going to school as they could not even afford the few rupees needed for the bus fare. Then Laxmi heard about Poultry Development Services and registered for her first toolkit and training.  With the money she started earning from the sale of chickens and eggs they were able to mend the van and Soilen started working again.  The children are now back at school and there is some spare cash to pay for a few medicines for Laxmi’s sick mother-in-law.  She is also pleased that she no longer needs to pull the copper wires from tyres to earn money.

My dream is for my children to go to college and get a job in the city. Thank you for helping me work towards this dream!




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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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