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About Shivia in West Bengal: helping the very poor start income-generating enterprises

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Shivia was founded in 2008 and is a UK registered charity working in India.

We work in rural West Bengal, one of India’s poorest and most populous states.

We give families living in rural villages near Kolkata the tools and training to start an enterprise from home so that they can earn money.

We empower the people in most need, and particularly women, to work their own way out of poverty and provide a brighter future for their children.

We run three programmes based on enterprise and not just aid:

We have our own organisation based on the ground in West Bengal to implement these programmes – Shivia India, known locally as Nirdhan.

The focus for each of our programmes is expert training. We believe this is key to the success of our programmes and helps deliver the long term impact we are striving for.

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