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.
Jun 23, 2014

Thank you for changing lives in northern Nigeria

Leadership Initiative Donors,

I want to take this opportunity to share some of the latest accomplishments of Leaderhip Initiatives businesses.

First, I want to update you on Hamza Ya'a- the owner of Hazma welding.  His business has recently expanded to a total of 6 employees, including several apprentices under the LI Orphan Care and Independence Program.  With the new income from his business, he is sending 4 of his siblings through school, as well as attending adult education classes himself.  LI has also begun working with him to arange financing for him to buy new equipment, allowing him to expand his business to new offerings- including free standing kiosk for other local businesses.

Another business owner helping to change lives in Bauchi is Adbulhadi Usman.  With help from Leadership Initiatives, Abdulhadi was able to purchase a sewing machine.  From that humble start, Abdulhadi has been able to grow his business to employ 5 employees, who are now supporting a total of 16 family members through school.  LI is also planning to support him through the next step of his expansion- developing his own line of tradional dresses for the people in Bauchi.

The final business owner I want to highlight is Danliti Abdullahi- who started a cobbling business with the help of Leadership Initiatives.  Danliti came to Leadership Initiatives to help learn the cobbling business, as well as microfinancing to purchase the necessary equipment.  He has now been able to expand his business into a formal brick and mortar shop, and recently secured a government contract to supply shoes for the army.  His business has taken off, and he has taken in several participants in the Orphan Care and Independence Program to help him keep up with orders.

Thank you, for your support and donation from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. 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. 

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 Spring!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

Jun 20, 2014

Thank you for lighting up Northern 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 in northern Nigeria.

The business owner I want to highlight in this report is Rabiu Hassan.  Rabiu is the first son of seven children and is married.  As the eldest son, he holds a lot of responsibility.  Currently, three of his brothers live with him. 

When Rabiu came to Leadership Initiatives, he already had an electrical business.  He had learned the trade from his father, but his shop used basic tools, and did not have the modern technology to reqally unlock the potential of his business.

Leadership Initiatives helped arrange micro financing from the community for Rabiu to get new and updated tools, as well as open a physical shop. 

Through LI’s intervention and his own hard work, he has been able to build a larger and more comfortable home for his family.  Rabiu is able to provide for his brothers and occasionally treat himself too -- recently he bought a bike!

As 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.

Thank you, for your support and donation from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. 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. 

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 Spring!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

May 5, 2014

Thank you for changing the lives of young women!!!

Dear Donor because of you Adbulhadi Usman stands poised to transform the lives of young women around her and that of her family. With your donation's Adbulhadi plans to offer each of the five young women she hires specialized training and for each to have an area of focus promoting the young women to work together instead of competing in the same shop. The business will attract new customers from the Yewla Community by offering new tailoring techniques from Abuja and Lagos that are not practiced in Northern Nigeria. 

With your support it our Adbulhadi's and LI's hope that her new tailoring shop will become an icon of what woman can achieve in Yewla. The shop should employee up to 6 women  who will now have the incomes needed to control their fates and help support their families. 

 Adbulhadi says Ismaila's words will continue to inspire their business each day  "Too many people are married out of fear of not eating, not having shelter of being shunned by our families for not having a husband. I am going to change that for women who were born with a desire to work and find love!" 
Adbulhadi and her potential employees training has already begun with LI and they hope to launch their project in the next 6 months!!!

So once again 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.

As 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. 

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 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

 

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