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Life Changing Stories Part 1
Life Changing Stories Part 1

Dear Astonishing Leadership Initiatives Donor,

Because of you more jobs than ever exist in Bauchi State. I wanted to use this update to highlight a few of our life changing stories from this project that you made possible. 

Please look at the two attachments in this email that highlight, the business owners, their employees, the children who can now afford to attend school and more because of your amazing contributions to Leadership Initiatives. 

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
Life Changing Stories Part 2
Life Changing Stories Part 2

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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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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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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

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

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Khalifa Lawan

Programs Manager - Nigeria
bauchi city, bauchi Nigeria

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