Shefali registered with Shivia for our Poultry Development Services in 2015 and soon received her first toolkit of 10 chicks and started our six-month training programme.  She has been successfully selling the eggs and birds at the local market and has slowly increased her income and managed to save some money.  She used some of her savings to buy two goat kids, which will bring in a healthy profit when she comes to sell them.  Shefali has also bought a weaving machine, which her daughter uses to make saris.  So from her initial investment of 450 rupees (about £4.50) for her first poultry toolkit, she has managed to significantly increase the family’s income.

Shefali’s next goal is to help her youngest grandson Hari who was born with a hole in his heart. In order to pay for visits to the doctor and the prescription medicines to help with his heart condition, Shefali has taken out a small microfinance loan.  She is managing to repay the loan with the money the family is making from the poultry enterprise with Shivia, plus the other enterprises they have embarked upon since then.

Hari is a happy little boy who loves looking after the chickens and collecting the eggs. We all hope and trust that his family will continue to succeed with their enterprises, which are helping to pay for his life-changing medicines.


Meet some of our farmers



Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…



Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…



Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as agricultural labourers, earning about £1 each per…



Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

  • 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