Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as daily agricultural labourers, earning approximately Rs 100 (£1) each per day. Hajrat also owns a pedal van that he was using to take vegetables from the farms where he worked to the local market. In total, their income amounted to about Rs.3,600 (£36)a month. In 2013, the pedal van broke and they could not afford to fix it. They were also already in debt to the local moneylender because of money needed to buy basic food for the family.

In October 2013, Akina heard about Shivia’s Poultry Development Services through our local Livelihood Service Provider in the area, Saumen Biswas. Akina registered for the programme and started her training in poultry rearing and received her first 10 chicks. Since then she has built her farm to over 100 adult birds and is earning a regular income from the sale of eggs and chickens at the local markets. She has been able to provide a dowry for three of her daughters and has also paid for the repairs to Hajrat’s pedal van. He is now earning over Rs 400 a day using the van for deliveries again. Akina has high hopes of paying for their grandson’s educational expenses and will soon pay off all the debts they previously accrued before she became a poultry farmer.

Akina’s story is a wonderful example of how Shivia’s Poultry Development Services is an enabling factor that allows poor families to change their lives in a positive and permanent way.




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Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as daily agricultural labourers, earning approximately Rs 100…



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  • Shivia was a natural project for TFN to support: a strong social change mission, with a local focus providing a hand up, not a hand out to the women and communities it works with.
    Karen Millen
    UK Operations Manager, The Funding Network
  • 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
  • I cannot thank Shivia enough for giving me this opportunity. I am extremely happy that your team held my hand and provided me with excellent training to understand about raising chickens and earning money from them. I now have the confidence to carry on with my poultry enterprise on my own.
    PDS farmer
    Kolaghat location West Bengal

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