Shivia is a UK-based charity with operations in India and Nepal. We empower the poorest to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change. We do this through our Livelihood Programme (livelihood development) and our Partners Programme (microfinance). With our Livelihood Programme we have provided training and poultry toolkits to over 6,000 very poor home-farmers in rural West Bengal. With our Partners Programme we partner with local NGOs and together work with over 1,000 people in rural West Nepal (BASE www.nepalbase.org) and 1,700 in urban Gujarat (SAATH www.saath.org), providing training and credit for market-driven enterprises; additionally in Gujarat we have trained over 450 people in carpentry, masonry and plumbing. We strive to generate some revenue from our programmes to make them at least partially self-funding; with the microfinance, interest on the loans covers much of the costs and with the poultry programme farmers pay for toolkits, albeit at a subsidised rate.
Our Social Impact Assessments show that our poultry project is making a significant positive impact to the families we work with - annual household income is being supplemented by up to 30%. This is giving the home-farmers the chance to send their children to school, build their own toilet, have better, nutritious meals on a daily basis for the whole family, access better medical care etc. The home-farmers, which are generally excluded from government hand-outs or local NGOs aid for simply being too poor, suddenly have choices which they never had before and this is hugely empowering for them.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Education, Enterprise Development, Measuring Impact, Women and Business
Other Topics on my radar:
How to raise significant funds for Shivia so we can expand!