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.
Apr 24, 2015

You have created new jobs in Nigeria!!!

Dear Phenominal Leadership Initiatives donor,

Because of you Leadership Initiatives has created multiple new jobs throughout Nigeria through our business creation and expansion programs that your donations have supported. 

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

Personal story of our new mobile textile business shop owner:

Elizabeth is 26 years old, and the third of four children in her family. Both parents work, and Elizabeth was able to attend school. She is currently earning a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Hospitality and Tourism at Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi.

Elizabeth grew up in a commercial area in Kano State, and was able to easily acquire textiles and participate in creating her own clothing. She enjoyed creating her own designs and when she went to the tailor, she brought her own cloth and showed the tailor exactly how she wanted it to look.

She always received a lot of compliments on her clothing, and knew that not everyone has the access to materials that she always had, so she decided to put her skills to good use and go into business, with the goal of helping people create their own unique clothing by bringing the textiles to them.

She started saving her school pocket money and raised N30,000 ($182USD) as the initial capital. Elizabeth joined Leadership Initiatives in the fall of 2014, learning business management and advertising skills.

Over the course of 3 months she was able to gain additional community investors because of her original business ideas, and profits more then tripled from 2013 to 2014! Not only does she bring the textiles to the customer, she creates many different designs and unique looks for her customers. The clothing stands out and reflects the customer instead of just blending in!

Now her business has about N80,000 ($485USD) as capital base from 2013 to 2014.

 

The Community Impact of Elizabeth's Mobile Textile Shop.

This business has contributed to the community by allowing people to express their creativity with materials and designs while still maintaining some of the more traditional cultural styles.

Elizabeth also stands out among her community as a leader by hiring young women and encouraging them to become leaders.

Her success has shown women how they can take charge of their lives and support their community. She also showcases young women and men who attend school and have been taken in by her and her employees.

This has resulted in additional attention and support, and has encouraged other business owners to participate in the Orphan Care program so that one day these children can provide for themselves and their families.

Because of you, there are more jobs, oprhans cared for and opportunities for women in Nigeria.

You can learn more at www.lichange.org or view the program pamphlet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Auwal Motorcycle Workshop.

If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs please 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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Apr 24, 2015

A new business exists because of you!

Dear Spectacular Leadership Initiatives donor,

Because of you Leadership Initiatives has created multiple new jobs throughout Nigeria through our business creation and expansion programs that your donations have supported. 

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

PERSONAL STORY OF OUR WELDING BUSINESS OWNER:

Hamza, the son of a local farmer, was born in 1985 at Kofar Fada, but then later settled at Yelwa Markaranta of Bauchi. His father could not afford to send him or his thirteen siblings to school. Therefore, he spent most of his time helping his father on the farm during the rainy season.

NEWco Welders was established in July of 2008 after Hamza become part of Leadership Initiatives'; Business Creation Program. During the course Hamza learned how to own and operate a business, and once he received funding for his business idea, Leadership Initiatives provided skills training for Hamza and his employees.

During their skills training sessions, Hamza and his team completed community welding projects to showcase what his business could do, creating demand before it even opened. By August of 2008 Hamza’s welding business was in high demand within the Yelwa Markaranta community. LI’s intervention greatly transformed his life, as well as that of his family. Due to his training in welding, he now earns about N300 – N400 daily, giving him the ability to financially support himself and his family.

This is especially important when a family member is ill or has a special need. He has even been able to help send four of his siblings to school. In addition, Hamza continues to further his own education by enrolling in adult classes that he did not have access to prior to his affiliation with Leadership Initiatives.

 

HAMZA'S IMPACT UPON HIS COMMUNITY:
The majority of people living in Yelwa are traditionally petty traders and subsistence farmers. The rate of poverty in Yelwa is high, while level of education and employment are low. The welding business has contributed to the development of Yelwa by providing affordable services and showing members of the community that it’s possible to learn the skills to open a business and secure gainful employment.

Hamza Welders currently employs seven people, including the business owner. The employees continue to acquire new skills and are also making a respectable living to support their families. Children who once needed to work can go to school.

The success of the welding business has led Hamza to develop an interest in assisting orphans and other children in the community with their education. By employing and caring for orphans, and helping them with their education, Hamza inspires those around him by trying to solve the problem of youth unemployment one small step at a time.
Because of you, there are more jobs, orphans cared for and opportunities for communities in Nigeria. You can learn more at www.lichange.org or view the program pamphlet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Hamza's welding business. 

If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs please 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

Links:

Apr 24, 2015

You have changed the lives of young men and women!

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives donor,

Because of you Leadership Initiatives now supports the education, skills training and care of Orphans throughout Nigeria through our Orphan Independence and Skills Program that your donations have supported. 

I want to take a moment and highlight one business whose owner and staff are now supporting several Orphans. 

PERSONAL STORY OF OUR CARPENTRY BUSINESS OWNER:

The Abdulmalik Carpentry Shop opened in July of 2014 after years of sacrifice and hard work. Abdulmalik is the oldest of four children and had to drop out of high school when his parents could no longer afford to send Abdulmalik to school and properly care for his siblings.

Abdulmalik then took on as many petty jobs as he could find to help support his family as best he could. As work dried up though in his community he had to look in other areas of Nigeria for work.

Abdulmalik left his home in Plateau State in 2012 before settling in Bauchi where he was able to become an apprentice in a carpentry shop. Abdulmalik showed promise and through his hard work and determination moved from apprentice to site manager in a little under a year, managing a team of five young men. As his income grew he began to send money back home to help finance his siblings education and provide for his family.

In 2013, Leadership Initiatives recognized Abdulmalik as a powerful and committed community leader and he entered Leadership Initiatives’ Business Creation Program where he received business training, additional carpentry skills training, and found local investors to get his business off the ground. Abdulmalik’s idea was for a low cost carpentry shop that could help renew old homes and buildings, making them livable again.

Today, the Abdulmalik Carpentry Shop employees four people, helps send four children to school and supports 15 family members associated with the business, all due to Abdulmalik’s hard work and perseverance.


ABDULMALIK'S IMPACT UPON HIS COMMUNITY:

The Abdulmalik Carpentry Shop helps renovate old and low cost homes for the growing communities of Bauchi.  More and more people can afford homes because of Abdulmalik’s work fixing many of the problems that had left so many older homes in non-livable condition. This has provided shelter for both the old and the young within his community.

Abdulmalik also does pro-bono work for churches and mosques and gives discounted carpentry services to families in need.

Abdulmalik has used his shop to offer jobs to young men who could not afford a higher education but want to work and provide a good life supporting their families. This has made Abdulmalik a community leader and an example to others within his city on how they too can create a better life for themselves.

Because of you, there are more jobs, orphans cared for and opportunities for communities in Nigeria. You can learn more at www.lichange.org or view the program pamphlet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Hamza's welding business. 

If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs please 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

Links:

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