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.
Sep 24, 2014

Thank you for growing new businesses in Nigeria

Dear Leadership Initiatives donors,

This report is to let you know just some of the good that your donation is letting Leadership Initiatives do. Leadership Initiatives has just completed it's latest Business Expansion Program and will begin it's fall Business Creation Program in two weeks helping to grow successful businesses across northern Nigeria. 

Because of you! We will be adding a new English Literacy component, that will help business owners expand their services to new markets by working with them to translate their work through basic English speaking and literacy training.

Over the past decade Leadership Initiatives Business Creation programs have created over 54 businesses in the fields of agricultural, biology/microbiology, computer science, information technology and vocational skills. 

The businesses created utilize community resources and promote sustainable development across their respective villages, towns and cities. The objective of our business creation and expansion programs is to utilize the energy, idealism and ingenuity of community leaders and cultivate an entrepreneurial approach to mitigate obstacles to development. 
Below is the story of one our leaders who just completed our Business Expansion Program, so you can see the leaders you are helping to create!

Umar The Photography Shop Owner.
Umar started to learn about the photography business in 1997 when he worked as an apprentice, and started a one-man analog photo shop in 2000. Umar came across LI in 2008 where he participated in the computer literacy training that LI gave in collaboration with CYDI (Challenge Your Disability Initiative).

Umar then underwent Leadership Initiatives’ intensive business creation course where he learned the principles of business management, further developed his idea for a photo business, and gained skills in digital editing. He was able to garner investor support to create a digital photo studio. In 2000 he started the photo studio with an analog camera, but after LI’s training he closed his old analog shop and opened a new digital studio. The training and expertise he acquired from being a part of the LI/CYDI computer literacy program has helped him build his business and to move from the use of analog to digital system. Because of this new digital system, Umar’s business has increased ten-fold allowing him to hire 3 local employees and transform their lives.

This new business has made his job easier and more profitable. His business profits allowed him the opportunity to further his education from the Primary level to a Diploma in Computer Literacy with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

Today Umar Inuwa is a 33 year old father of three small children; one of his daughters is in primary school while the other two are still too small to attend school. As a father and an eldest child himself, he has shouldered a great deal of responsibility in his family.

Presently, he provides financial support for about 15 people (mostly children) with the profits from his business. He lives with his father and his father’s family in addition to his own wife, three children and several orphans who he has taken under his roof. He is responsible for food, clothing, health care and schooling. He lives in an eight bedroom house with his family, which he and his father are working together to buy. They have started making payments and will soon own the house.

If you would like to learn more about Umar, the Business Creation Program, or any of the other LI programs, 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 amazing people like you better!

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

 
Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

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Sep 24, 2014

Thank you for transforming lives in Nigeria

Dear Leadership Initiatives donors,

This report is to let you know just some of the good that your donation is letting Leadership Initiatives do. Leadership Initiatives has just finished the latest Business Expansion Program, helping to grow successful existing businesses, and is planning our second Business Creation Program of the year- helping start new businesses.

I would like to share with you the story of one business you helped to create!

Muhammadu inherited a small farm from his father- irrigation farming has been a family business for them for generations. After taking Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion Program Muhammadu brought in community investment to grow his irrigation farm and expand into new trades. After months of business training he graduated from LI’s business training course and then undertook LI’s skills training course to ensure he knew the skills needed for cow herding and managing a larger farm with new foods. From the profit he makes from the irrigation farming, he began to fatten cows- which also provided him and his large family additional income.

Muhammadu cares for 19 children of various family members who have either passed away or can no longer work. All the children are fed, clothed and sheltered from the income he makes from his farm. Though Muhammadu never had any formal education, he is determined to see to it that the children in his care do. Of the 19 children, two(2) are in secondary school, three (3) in primary, one (1) just finished his secondary school and one (1) is in a higher institution. Unlike other farmers who only farm during the raining season, Muhammadu’s farm has three harvests each year.

It takes 3 months from planting to harvest- after which he gives a few weeks break to sell off his harvest before planting again. He makes an average income of about N150,000 ($937.50 USD) per harvest. Three of his children help him on the farm. He estimates the size of his land to be about two hectares. He plans various crops from maize to sugar cane, peppers, tomatoes, Cassava, sweet potatoes, guava, and bananas. 

Muhammadu hopes to continue to use his growing business and new skills from Leadership Initiatives to create opportunities for him to increase his production and community impact which includes the following.

Muhammadu's family, neighbors and the members of the Bayara community benefit from Muhammadu’s irrigation farming, as they are provided continuously with free farm vegetables, fruits and other food stuffs that would have been more too expense for them to get in the town’s market.

The children of Muhammadu’s neighbors have particularly benefited as they have been provided with nourishment and vitamins their peers sometimes lack. The money saved through Muhammadu’s kindness has even allowed some of them to send their children to school who are often healthier than their classmates.

Muhammadu’s irrigation farming provides low-cost high-value food for his community and creates jobs for three people who are able to provide for their families and send their children to school because of their employment.

Muhammadu, or “Kawu” as he is fondly called has become a hero to his community as he helps the community of Bayara meet their basic needs year in and year out.

If you would like to learn more about Muhammadu, or any of the other LI beneficiaries, 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 amazing people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Autumn
 

Sincerely,
 

Marshall and the entire LI family

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Sep 22, 2014

Thank you for helping support orphans in Nigeria

Jamil
Jamil

Dear Leadership Initiatives donors,

This report is to let you know just some of the good that your donation is letting Leadership Initiatives do. Out of the 54 businesses Leadership Initiatives has active in Bauchi Nigeria over 67 business owners and employees participating in our Orphan Independence and Skills Program. Because of you classes will continue and grow teaching business owners and they employees how to care for Orphans and LI staff will continue to monitor their development. 

Our skills training portion of the program will also expand allowing more Orphans of age to take on apprenticeships of participating business owners. 

I would like to introduce to you one family that this program has helped form and through your donations an example of the families that will continue to be created in the future

Jamil is a 16 year old orphan who is a part of our Independence and Skills Program. Jamil lost his father five years ago and last year started an official apprenticeship with Danliti (owner of the Adbullahi’s Shoemaker Shop). Jamil has been under Danliti's care for about 4 years, Danliti took him in about a year after Jamil lost his parents. 

Jamil was hanging outside of Danliti's cobbling shop looking to help out and earn some extra money to survive. Danliti began to inquire about his family, his future plans and the challenges he faced. After Jamil had told him he had to stop attending school because he lost his father who had been paying for his tuition, Danliti opted to pay for his fees and give him some extra money for his welfare.

Danliti took notice of Jamil because of his commitment and dedication to hard work (he tried to work in Danliti's shop without Danliti even asking him to), giving Jamil a  special place in Danliti’s heart.

Jamil has since graduated from his apprentichip and now has a job at the cobbling shop, learning more about the skill while attending school during the day and helping his paying for his brothers and sisters care.

Danliti started his business as a small shoe shine shop, and through the help LI provided, he was able to expand his business not only a shoe repair facility but actually produce footwear himself. 

The fact that he is a local business with a community presence has allowed him to successfully complete with international companies.  Because he has a physical shop and has worked to develop relationships with the community, he has been able to offer repair services to his customers.   

He has also reinvested in his community.  He has been able to bring on several employees.  He also has agreed to take care of several orphans, and to teach them the cobbling trade so they can earn a living in adulthood. 

If you would like to learn more about Jamil, Danliti, or any of the other LI business owners, 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 amazing people like you better!

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

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

Danliti
Danliti

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