Shivia was founded in 2007 to empower people to lift themselves out of abstract poverty using microfinance and livelihood development models as effective tools. Shivia works in India and Nepal.
Our mission is to make it easy for anyone to participate in grass roots development through microfinance and livelihood development. We do this by providing:
i. Access to training and education (financial literacy, basic literacy, loan products)
ii. Access to skills which enable beneficiaries to start productive, market-driven enterprises
iii. Access to appropriate finance where necessary to enable village and slum entrepeneurs to start or engage in productive enterprise
Our mission was to at first work through local organisations involved in microfinace. The model was to build local partnerships similar to a “joint venture” whereby Shivia provides the capital, management, financial and social impact controls and the local partners provide the training, loan disbursement and collection services, community outreach, local knowledge, borrower relationships and cultural expertise. Going forward we have started our own operations in West Bengal so that we have the direct control over our money in terms of clients selected, loan disbursements, loan collections, end usage of loans and ultimate repayment of the interest free loan to Shivia and so that we can provide excellent training and opportunities for people to get out of poverty.
Shivia Microfinance aims to:
- To provide livelihood tool kits to ensure borrowers are engaging in productive, market-driven enterprises rather than production-driven ones with no demand. The tool kits include necessary stock.
- To provide appropriate loans for productive enterprises so that borrowers can lift themselves out of poverty and repay in a timely fashion. Loans are spent on productive not consumption purposes.
- To provide education and training to the poor of West Bengal, West Nepal and Gujarat to enable them to financially plan and start productive enterprises. Education is a key for poverty alleviation.
Established: December 2007
Registered Charity Number: 1126444
Board members: 4
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 07879 440898
Address: co EFG Private Bank Leconfield House Curzon Street London W1J 5JBView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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