Our Programmes


Our programmes focus on empowering very poor people to start their own small, income-generating enterprise.

We are currently operating in West Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan


Poultry Development Services

  • helping families earn an income from raising chickens and selling the products

 

 


Agri-Management Services

  • making farming affordable and sustainable for marginalised small holders and teaching responsible, eco-farming techniques

 

 


Goat Farming

  • helping families earn an income from raising and selling goats

 

 

 


The Beautypreneur Programme

  • providing business skills training to women so they can start their own entrepreneurial enterprise in the Beauty & Wellness sector

 

 


 Cook Training Programme

  • a skills-based training programme aimed at urban slum dwellers to enhance job prospects and increase income in the Home Management sector

 

 


Through these programmes we strive to contribute towards the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, in particular:

 


Here is a short video about how we are changing the lives of some of the world’s poorest families.  The footage was taken in the villages near Kolkata and features a number of our beneficiaries from each of our programmes….

 If you were living on $2 a day, what would you do to improve your life? That’s a real question for the nearly 1 billion people living in extreme poverty today. There’s no single right answer, of course, and poverty looks different in different places. But through my work with the foundation, I’ve met many people in poor countries who raise chickens, and I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of owning these birds. As a city boy from Seattle, I had a lot to learn! It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens. In fact, if I were in their shoes, that’s what I would do – I would raise chickens.

BILL GATES, June 2016

Read our impact stories

Kalyani

(PDS Farmer)

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

Kamala

(PDS Farmer)

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

Akina

(PDS Farmer)

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

Nishikanta

(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