One million chicks!

July 2021 marks a significant milestone for Shivia.

In 2011 we launched our ‘flagship’ programme – Poultry Development Services, delivering toolkits and training to women in rural West Bengal to enable them to start a small chicken farming enterprise from home.

Since then, our field team have delivered a staggering 100,000 toolkits, each containing 10 one-day old chicks.

Which means that we have delivered a total of ONE MILLION chicks!

“I am incredibly proud of the field team who have worked so hard to make Poultry Development Services the success that it is. They are on the go six days a week throughout the year, delivering toolkits and mentoring our farmers through the crucial training phase so that they can establish their own income-generating enterprise. The last year was challenging for everyone concerned which makes this milestone of one million chicks even more significant. My heartfelt thanks goes to the whole team for all they do to support some of the poorest families in their communities.” Chandrani Banerjee, Head of Livelihood Programmes

The Nirdhan field team

Olly with a chick from the very first poultry toolkit in 2011

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  • Shivia’s work is very impressive - how it is carried out and who the people are working in the locations.  It is a very healthy and together team which is being very effective.
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  • "The work Shivia does is simple and yet so life-changing, we’re thrilled to have been part of the charity’s growth story and hope to partner with them for many years to come.”
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  • Agri-management Services has the capacity to deliver lasting change for our farmers. I have always felt that the farmers feed our nation while they can hardly afford to feed themselves. What an irony. So if my team and I are able to help farmers earn a sustainable income through agriculture, there’s nothing better than this.

    Joe Rao
    Lead Consultant for Shivia
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    Chairman - Shivia
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