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.
Dec 16, 2014

Because of you over 100 new jobs exist!!!

Cobbling Shop
Cobbling Shop

Dear Phenominal Leadership Initiatives Donor,

Because of you Leadership Initiatives has had one of our greatest years ever!!! 

Just look at our statistics for 2014

2014 Leadership Initiatives Statistics

  • Number of Businesses Created: 12
  • Number of Businesses Opening New Shops or Entering New Markets: 4
  • Number of Jobs Created: 132 (includes additional hires of already existing businesses)
  • Number of New People Directly Benefiting from the Businesses: 533
  • Number of New Employees’ Children who are now attending school: 167
  • Number of New Orphans Cared For Under the Orphan Independence and Care Program: 36
  • Number of New International Business Alliance Program Schools: 30
  • Number of New International Business Alliance Program Students: 156

Each figure above represents the lives you have helped us transform over the past year, because of you new jobs exist, new services are transforming communities over 100 new students are attending school and over 35 Orphans now have hope within their lives. 

None of this would be possible without you our support base and to showcase even more what you have helped us acheive, I would like to hightlight two of our greatest partners for 2014. 

Personal Story of Danliti Cobbling Shop Business Owner

Some of the shoemaking shop’s main customers are the local police force, security firms and local military troops, because of the quality and style of the shoes. Danliti’s shoes have earned a reputation over his competition in neighboring states, and at times even orders from other nations.

Because of this he has won contracts from multiple groups allowing locally owned and operated institutions to invest money locally. This has allowed Danliti to grow his business and hire additional employees, which has brought his business community support while also improving the community itself.

Some months he receives local orders to make 500 -1000 shoes in addition to his usual orders because of his dedication to creating high quality footwear.

Danliti has also beat foreign competition by offering repair policies for his footwear that larger outside companies could not, allowing him to compete at an unprecedented level.

Because of this, thousands of dollars are kept within his community and reinvested allowing local dollars and funding to continue to transform lives.

With this new financial support Danliti has expanded his business and hired local Orphans as his new employees to give them an opportunity to take control over their lives. 

One such Orphan is Jamil who has been with Danliti for about 4 years since he lost his father. Jamil was brought to learn the cobbling skill with Danliti, and Danliti liked him because of his commitment to hard work; this gave him a place in Danliti’s heart.

Danliti began to inquire about his family, his future plans and the challenges he faced. After Jamil had told him how he had had to stop school because his mother could not afford it, Danliti opted to pay for his fees and give him some extra money for his welfare.

Jamil now works at the cobbling shop, learning more about the skill while attending school during the day paid for by his work with Danliti while simultaneously helping  siblings as much as he can both financially and as the leader of his family. 

If you would like to learn more about our business partners visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner! 

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand wonderful people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Holiday Season!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

LI life changing stories for 2014
LI life changing stories for 2014
LI Life Changing Stories for 2014 part 2
LI Life Changing Stories for 2014 part 2
Danliti at work
Danliti at work

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Dec 16, 2014

TY for Transforming Lives with Literacy Training

Rabiu
Rabiu's Electrical Shop

Dear Astonishing Leadership Initiatives donor,

Because of you Leadership Initiatives has added a new English Literacy component to our business training programs, that will help business owners and their co-workers expand their services to new markets by working with them to translate their work through basic English speaking and literacy training.

I want to take a moment and highlight one individual who has undergone this training and what it means to our programs. 

Rabiu, Electircal Shop Owner

Rabiu received his training as an electrician from his father and then started his own business with just N3,500 and a few tools. All he had was a hammer, a pair of pliers, a tester, a screwdriver, and a bending spring. In 2013 he had a struggling business but was a pillar of the community often doing electrical work pro-bono while trying to make ends meet.

In the winter of 2013 Rabiu became part of the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program and learned business management, accounting and project timeline completion plans to improve his business through LI-sponsored night classes.

With support from Leadership Initiatives, Rabiu was able to acquire investors to improve his business so he could finally afford actual electrical tools, and received additional electrical training so he could work to restore his community’s failing infrastructure. As Rabiu's business grew, so did his reputation allowing him and his team to begin venturing into English speaking parts of his community to grow his client base.

In the fall of 2014 Rabiu and his team began basic English and literacy training. Because of this Rabiu and his team have been able to open up a whole new sector of employment for his business through basic greetings and translation cards so parties who do not speak the same langauge can agree on a price for services needed. 

Today, because of the business training he received, his new skill set, literacy training and new tools to do additional electrical work, the Rabiu Electrical Shop is thriving while also rebuilding his communities infrastruce literally bringing a light to his friends family and neighbors. 

You can learn more at www.LIIBAP.org or view the program pamplet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Rabiu's Electrical Shop.

If you would like to learn more about our IBAP program or their business partners visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner! 

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand wonderful people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Holiday Season!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

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Dec 16, 2014

TY for Transforming Lives with America's Future

Hadisu Fashion Design Page
Hadisu Fashion Design Page

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives donors,

Our Young Innovators Program has taken off with astonishing success because of your support and the hard work of hundreds of high school students from across the United States. 

As of December 16th 2014, our International Business Alliance Program has expanded to 30 schools across the USA. 

The program you helped crated titled the International Business Alliance Program or IBAP is designed to inspire and coordinate the efforts of young leaders in high schools to create global change. Leadership Initiatives expands leadership capacity of hundreds of high school students on a local and regional level throughout the world creating a new generation of leaders with a greater understanding and depth of experience in international development.

Student leaders are paired directly with individual program participants/business leaders from around the globe with a mission to assist in solving local development issues through business development, thus fostering cross-cultural collaboration that strengthens developing leaders in both nations. LI IBAP benefits students in the development of character, motivation and drive for the future. Once in the program many opportunities become available to participating high school students.

In the past 5 months alone students have begun creating new ways to irrigate farms across Bauchi, develop new photography methods for our photoshop in Yelewa, recycle fish who die prematurly within our fish farms by turning them into feed and fertalizer, taught new soddering methods to our welders and help create new patterns of dresses for our tailoring shops. 

In the next six months students will begin creating advertising plans for their parnter businesses while raising money for skills training for new and upcoming LI business intiatives. 

You can learn more at www.LIIBAP.org or view the program pamplet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner the Hadisu. 

If you would like to learn more about our IBAP program or their business partners visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner! 

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand wonderful people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Holiday Season!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

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