Francesca Simon donates royalties to Bengali goat farmers

News - Children Thursday, 16 May 2019

Gift to mark publication of her brand-new picture book The Goat Café

Francesca Simon has donated £750 to support four families to become goat farmers in West Bengal, through the charity Shivia, in celebration of her brand-new picture book, with Leo Broadley, The Goat Café. All Simon’s future royalties from the book, published in May by Faber Children’s Books, will also go to the charity.

Shivia empowers the poorest to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change for the women and families in their programmes. Families in West Bengal are set up with their goat project and supported over the course of three years to build a sustainable and lasting business, that will benefit both themselves and the community.

Simon said: "Shivia is a wonderful charity, working closely with local people to enable them both to earn a sustainable livelihood and to educate their children, especially girls. I am delighted to support them."

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