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WHY INDIA ?

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

Why India?

As global citizens we have a social commitment to help others in need and Shivia has chosen to help those that are the world’s very poorest and generally excluded from the globalised world.

  • Despite now being a middle-income country and home to some of the world’s richest, one third of the world’s poor live in India.
  • India has more people in poverty than the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Nearly 70% of India’s population lives on less than USD $2 per day.
  • More than a third of India’s population live below the international extreme poverty line of USD $1.25 per day.
  • India does not have the tax base to eliminate poverty through internal wealth redistribution.
  • India has poverty incomprehensible in the UK

Why West Bengal?

  • It is one of the poorer states in India and living standards for the majority are declining.
  • Kolkata (The city of Joy) is not a booming city like Mumbai or Delhi and is being left behind, like its people.
  • Olly Donnelly, founder of Shivia, has extensive knowledge of the people and the culture; her MSc and MA theses were based on the poor of Kolkata and West Bengal.

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