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OUR JOURNEY

Shivia empowers the poorest to create livelihoods,
boost income and inspire permanent change

Our Journey

Shivia was founded in 2008 and started by working through carefully-selected, partner NGOs in India and Nepal working in the field of microfinance. We supplied the funds and social impact assessments and the local partners implemented the operations.

We found over time that despite some excellent work, we had no management and financial control plus in many cases, microfinance was not making the permanent, real impact we wanted to see to justify our existence.

So, we set up Shivia India (known locally as Nirdhan) in 2011 and introduced our Livelihood Programme, providing excellent training and toolkits to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change. We contracted the livelihood organisation, BASIX, to train us in Poultry Development Services and Nirdhan started its first operations at Familia Home, a place well known to our CEO, Olly Donnelly, who had lived there 17 years before and had since done her undergraduate and Master’s theses there. Through local introductions by Familia, local home-farmers trusted the Nirdhan team and today we have worked with over 6,000 very poor home-farmers and have a team of 32.

Our home-farmers with small plots of land tell us that they would like to know how to increase productivity from their land. Given we have a needs-based approach and want to help our famers in a deep and meaningful way, we have responded accordingly. Once again, we have contracted BASIX for a two year period, to train the Shivia India (Nirdhan) team in Agricultural Management Services so that they can in turn train the home-farmers and provide them with necessary AMS toolkits to grow more and better crops, once again increasing household income.


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