Leadership Initiatives

Leadership Initiatives (LI) renews democracies on a grassroots level by cultivating self-reliant leadership. We help individuals and communities forge the connections necessary to solve local problems using existing community resources. In the process we train a new generation of innovative, resourceful leaders poised to catapult their neighborhoods, regions, and nations forward.
Mar 27, 2014

Your hard work and donations are creating jobs!!!

Exciting news for our jobs and businesses your donations are creating in Nigeria this year!!!

Because of your funding LI now has two skills training sessions planned this year.  The first, conducted between April and June this year, is focused on providing training for participants in the Business Expansion Program, as well as staff for the new operations.  The second session, beginning in December, will focus on developing the skills for new businesses.

LI is beginning it’s third annual Business Expansion Program this April.  This program is designed to give LI business owners the skills to expand their business.  LI began interviewing 24 business owners earlier this year, and has selected 8 to participate in the Business Expansion Program this year.  The components of this training are:

  1.     Leadership Training
  2.     Management training
  3.     Accounting training
  4.     Skills Training
  5.     New skills for business owners
  6.     Skills training for new staff

Business Selected for 2014 Expansion Program

1.     Welding - Hamza Welders - Hamza Ya'au

2.     Tailoring- Hadisu Fashion Design, Abdulhadi Usman

3.     Irrigation- Kawu Irrigation farm, Muhammadu Shehu

4.     Electrician - Rabiu Electrician, Rabiu Hassan

5.     Cobbling- Abdullahi shoemaker, Dabiti Abdullahi

6.     Bead making- Bead maker, Sa'adatu Yakubu

7.     Photo studio - Gimbiya Photo Studio, Umar Inuwa

8.       Fish farm- Sani Abdu

Here is what Abdulhadihas done with his previous LI funding and what being part of your newly funded business expansion project will mean to him and his community!!!

Abdulhadi Usman now a skilled tailor will be able to expand his Hadisu Fashion Shop. This fashion shop will now provide specialized affordable custom tailoring to the fast growing Dass region of Bauchi State Nigeria. With this project, Abdulhadi will be able to offer businessmen and women tailored suits and dresses, which are currently unavailable within her community. Through his vision, Abdulhadi will create five jobs in Dass as well as provide an alternative to individuals who have to travel long distances for professional tailoring. This change will allow local citizens to invest more money into their economy and generate individual incomes, which will ultimately improve the outlook of their community.

With his business in order and expanding, Abdulhadi will use his additional funding streams to support his family in terms of food, school uniforms for children while taking on 2 orphans within the community. He will also create three new jobs and if all goes according to play open up a new business in Abuja!!!

Thank you from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you.

We would love have you involved with Leadership Initiatives if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world. 

Wishing you, your family and your friends the absolute this New Year!!!!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

_____________________________
Marshall Bailly II
Executive Director
Leadership Initiatives
4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236
Washington, DC  20016
(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221
www.LeadershipInitiatives.org

 

Jan 8, 2014

New Year 2014 Update

Dear Donors,

All of Leadership Initiatives (LI) cannot thank you enough for your kind and generous support. Your donation went directly towards helping community leaders gain the skills they need to launch new business initiatives in the fields of; mechanics, carpentry, electronic repair, tailoring, farming, transportation and more.

In practice this means we will be able to help more men and women like 2013 graduate Umar Inuwa create jobs and transform lives. Umar, who at 23 came to Leadership Initiatives with the idea of opening up his own photo studio was able to train with LI learning how to own and operate a business. LI then was able to give him advanced training in digital photography, photo editing software and printing while helping him find local investors to get his business off the ground.

Today Umar is community leader, his business employee’s three people, all of which now can afford to send their children to school, he is assisting his father in taking care of his siblings and has taken in 8 orphans. Three of which have entered LI’s Orphan Independence and Skills program (our greatest accomplishment to date).

This program was implemented by our business leaders in Birshi, Nigeria, where the city has historically lacked the infrastructure necessary to create and maintain such a project. Under the Orphan Care Initiative, each business may accept one to three children in need for whom they will provide resources and exposure to Leadership Initiatives core values. When the children become age-appropriate they begin an apprenticeship from another business in the project, leading to gainful employment and education. This program is giving new hope and creating infrastructure that, only decade ago, would have been beyond imagination.

Umar like many LI graduates plans to reinvest in Leadership Initiatives programs. In 2013 alone, 26 previous LI graduates fully funded new business initiatives and used their savings to expand their businesses into new areas and villages. Creating jobs, transforming lives and building a greater community for everyone involved.

This growth was also made possible by donors like Microsoft. Microsoft's Youthspark program allowed us to supercharge our donors with matching opportunities which lead to dramatic growth for LI in 2013. 

This increased community development has attracted attention and praise from GlobalGiving, the State Department and USAID; all of whom visited the program sites. Our accomplishments within Nigeria have inspired even greater support from their organizations to ours. 

Other LI highlights include our International Business Alliance Program (IBAP); now IBAP students in the U.S. receive SAT/ACT training, guidance during the college application process, and scholarship assistance while raising funding for business training in Nigeria. Each school is responsible for working with one business to help identify and solve one major infrastructure problem. These exchanges have already led to improved fish farming techniques (in turn raising capital and feeding more people then ever before), and better skill sets for welding and tailoring shops. Several U.S. students received scholarships for their efforts.

Since 2004 LI projects have resulted in the gainful employment of hundreds of people. We continue to change lives and transform every area we work within. 2014 promises to be an even greater.

Orphan Care Program Students
Orphan Care Program Students
Dec 19, 2013

2014 LI will start soon because of you!!!!

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, young leaders throughout Bauchi State have been able to develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities. Donor contributions made it possible to for the Regional Business Education Program Center to offer business training which gives businesses the resources needed to expand, employee more people and solve local problems with development. Young women and men who have pushed the boundaries of their community to solve local problems through business initiatives will now receive the training to expand their ideas across their region to build a brighter Nigeria. Lastly, project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability, which will eventually aid in making Nigeria a stronger and more democratic nation.

Our students create novel solutions firmly grounded in principles of social entrepreneurship. We have previously created in Bauchi, Nigeria businesses in: fish farming, welding, tailoring, motorcycle repair & computer education with job placement. Currently, this Regional Business Education Program Center in Bauchi offers classes to teach leaders financial, personal and business management. It also serves as a resource for problems and questions that arise. In essence this program will provide a 2nd year of regional business training allowing businesses that are currently successful to open up new shops in the surrounding region changes hundreds of lives.

Because of you and your generosity, we have been able to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities. Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through GlobalGiving's reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of “Regional Business Education Project”, Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world.

Thank you once again from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you, so you can personally see the change you are creating.

Wishing you, your family and your friends the absolute best!

Sincerely,

Marshall

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