A word from….Salesforce

Cari Cardew, Principal Solution Engineer, Salesforce

Our CEO and founder Marc Benioff said “the business of business is improving the state of the world”.  Salesforce leverages its technology, people and resources to help improve communities around the world and as an employee I can choose which charity to assist. Shivia, with its mission to empower the poorest to create livelihoods, closely matches our shared vision. It is not enough for software companies to supply their software as smaller charities do not have the IT resource to configure it for themselves.  As a solution engineer I can provide pro bono configuration as part of my volunteer time and Shiva’s work helping women to grow their own backyard farming enterprise really appealed to me. I was also impressed with their professional approach to impact measurement to determine how best to spend their money and time in India. Shivia is a charity making a real difference in improving the quality of life for these people by teaching and educating them to become self-sufficient and I was delighted to have the opportunity to use my skills and time to help them become even more cost effective and reach even more people with their practical programmes.



Meet some of our farmers


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.…


I now have a regular income from selling eggs and some chickens. This opportunity has really changed our lives. I'm managing to buy medicines for my sick child. Thank you!…


"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

some of our supporters