Saktipada Biswas

Saktipada joined us in 2014, the year we launched our Agri-management Services (AMS) programme in West Bengal.  Prior to this he was working as a daily labourer for other local farmers, earning a typical wage of 100 rupees a day (about £1.20).  He always had dreams about starting his own small farming enterprise but lacked the skills to start out on his own, so when he heard about AMS and the agricultural training we could offer him he was keen to get involved.  Today Saktipada is managing his own banana plantation on a small plot of leased land and has reported that his income has nearly doubled.  This has had a big impact on his life – not only can he afford to keep his son in school and pay for some private tuition too, he can now look after his ageing parents at his home.  He was very upset when they were living with his older brother who was not caring for them properly.  He is delighted to be able to look after them himself now.

Shivia’s AMS programme has given me great knowledge about growing my banana crop and also how to make bio-fertiliser for my land. I have experienced the amazing benefits of low production costs and a high-yielding crop. And my son is over the moon to be with his grandparents once again. I cannot thank you enough for the training and support I have received from you.



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I had no way of earning before Shivia introduced me to poultry farming. Now I am a full-time provider for my family and they are very proud of my achievement.…


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"Before this programme we were struggling to cope and owed a lot to the village money-lender.  So much has changed for us now we are earning money from raising chickens."…


"Since joining this training programme I have noticed a great many changes…my costs are down, my yield is up and I am making a profit from farming at long last."…

  • 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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