Goat Farming Programme

 Helping families earn an income from rearing goats


In 2015 we conducted extensive research into the viability of our third enterprise, goat farming, known locally as ‘Goateries’.  Goats are greatly valued by the poor in West Bengal and fetch high prices at market.  We have designed a model that will allow our farmers to become self-sufficient by breeding and selling goats.

Farmers pay a small deposit and receive two female goats on loan, plus expert training and insurance for their animals. Over the next two years each female will go through three reproductive cycles and produce five kids. As a repayment for the loan, the farmer gives five goat kids back to Nirdhan and keeps the other five to sell and/or breed from.  The two original goats are also returned to Nirdhan when they are three years old.



This model not only allows our farmers to establish their own small goat farming enterprise, but it also provides an income for Nirdhan, as we can sell the goats and kids and reinvest this income back into the programme. The model is financially sustainable and means that farmers are not dependent on our intervention in the long term.

In January 2016, we launched a pilot programme working with 20 families in our Babnan location, a predominantly Muslim area where the desire to own goats is high.  The programme has now been rolled out to 344 families.

By March 2021, each of these families will have completed the programme cycle and will be carrying on their Goat Farming enterprise independently of Shivia.


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Read Anjali’s story here about how goat farming has changed her life for the better.


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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.…

  • 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
    Shivia Lead Consultant
  • 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