Jeevika Trust - village livelihood in India
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The starting point of all our considerations is poverty, or rather, a degree of poverty which means misery, and degrades and stultifies the human person.
E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful


Charity Record 'LIFE' by Tarka and friends
We are honoured to have been chosen as a small and effective charity in village India to be the beneficiaries of a tribute album to the late cult singer Tarka Cordell.

Order your copy online here

Treasurer/Trustee Role Available NOW!
Jeevika is looking for a new Treasurer. If you are interested please click on the link above to read more about the role.

Project Madhu Network recognised by DFID
International Development Secretary Justine Greening endorses our good work

'Adopt a hive' Gift Choices
Bee-lieve in Village India and give a practical gift to your loved one

We need your help!  We're recruiting several new volunteering positions.
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For more details about taking part in any of our events or organising your own, please email

Current Projects in India
To learn more about what’s going on in the field, take a look at this overview.

Impact Assessment

News Flash


Impact Assessment: BasantiWhere does your money go? How are daily lives different? Does our Rural Women's Livelihood Development Programme create dependence or independence?

These are tough questions that deserve honest answers. We did a review, complete with interviews and statistics, and the results were positive. In the words of Basanti (a member of a Self Help Group that cultivates crabs): 'Earlier we were very idle; now we are active. Now we have the savings to live. We are free from the four walls of the house.'

Read more in our Impact Assessment


October 19, 2013 Walk for Water
A sincere thank you to all the walkers in Provence who took a step beside the Indian village women who have to walk an average of 4 miles for water every day. A total of £350 was raised, which is certainly a step in the right direction!

The cyclone has devastated our long running and successful Project Eco. To find out more and support the appeal click here.

August 7, 2013 Symposium at Oxford University announced
Jeevika Trust are partnering Oxford University's South Asia Studies Programme to host a symposium on The Dilemma for Rural India: Urbanisation or Village Prosperity? To find out more check our blog

July 3 2013 Assemblies with local schools
We are helping schools in Richmond & Kingston achieve Eco-school certification by promoting global citizenship through assemblies tackling poverty and water scarcity in rural India. Check out our blog

April 20th 2013 Brandenburg Choral Festival
We were proud to be supported through a prestigious concert at St Clement Dane’s on the Strand and look forward to collaborating again next season.

Indian government's spending priorities.
If the Indian government spent less on its space programs, etc. and more on addressing the shocking poverty of its 300 million villagers living below the official poverty-line, there would be less need for UK government aid. We applaud DFID's determination to 'walk the last mile' (as Andrew Mitchell put it back in March) in helping these rural people in three of India's most needy states, and sticking to UK's aid commitment to India up to the previously announced end-date of 2015. Jeevika, with its Indian NGO partner Jeevan Rekha in Orissa, is mid-way through a DFID-funded project to train and empower hundreds of rural women bee-keepers working in Self Help Groups to build viable livelihoods through a honey production & marketing network. 'Aid' like this can and should lead on to sustainable 'trade', and we whole-heartedly support the new Secretary of State’s forward thinking on increasing private sector participation in anti-poverty programmes.