Shivia empowers the poorest to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change. We aim to help families living in poverty in rural West Bengal earn money through poultry farming. Our poultry toolkit has everything needed to start a small enterprise from home including 10 chicks and expert training from our team of Livelihood Service Providers. Please help us to help more families lift themselves out of poverty by rearing chickens - it's simple, it's cost effective and it works.
More than a third of India's population lives below the international extreme poverty line of $1.25 per day. We work in rural communities in West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, three of India's poorest states, where there are few regular employment opportunities for women. As a consequence, women are unable to earn a decent income with dignity, have little say in family spending decisions and, together with their children, are often the group most affected by poverty.
Raising chickens and selling the produce is a simple and cost effective solution to the poverty suffered by many women in marginalised rural villages. We provide poultry toolkits and training to enable women to earn money in their own backyard. The Shivia toolkit consists of 10 chicks, vaccinations, chick feed and medication, plus expert training and mentoring so each new farmer can start and sustain a profitable poultry farming enterprise for a brighter economic future.
Our Social Impact Assessments show that sale of eggs alone can supplement household income by up to 30%. We also know that when women earn, the whole family benefits as the money is directed towards the welfare of the family first. Spending priorities include food, medicine and children's educational needs. Each year, we work with approximately 1,500 women, helping them to earn money from raising chickens with a view to building a sustainable livelihood and long-term financial independence.