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 email@example.com. 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world.
Exciting news for our jobs and businesses your donations are creating in Nigeria this year!!!
Because of your funding LI now has two skills training sessions planned this year. The first, conducted between April and June this year, is focused on providing training for participants in the Business Expansion Program, as well as staff for the new operations. The second session, beginning in December, will focus on developing the skills for new businesses.
LI is beginning it’s third annual Business Expansion Program this April. This program is designed to give LI business owners the skills to expand their business. LI began interviewing 24 business owners earlier this year, and has selected 8 to participate in the Business Expansion Program this year. The components of this training are:
Business Selected for 2014 Expansion Program
1. Welding - Hamza Welders - Hamza Ya'au
2. Tailoring- Hadisu Fashion Design, Abdulhadi Usman
3. Irrigation- Kawu Irrigation farm, Muhammadu Shehu
4. Electrician - Rabiu Electrician, Rabiu Hassan
5. Cobbling- Abdullahi shoemaker, Dabiti Abdullahi
6. Bead making- Bead maker, Sa'adatu Yakubu
7. Photo studio - Gimbiya Photo Studio, Umar Inuwa
8. Fish farm- Sani Abdu
Here is what Abdulhadihas done with his previous LI funding and what being part of your newly funded business expansion project will mean to him and his community!!!
Abdulhadi Usman now a skilled tailor will be able to expand his Hadisu Fashion Shop. This fashion shop will now provide specialized affordable custom tailoring to the fast growing Dass region of Bauchi State Nigeria. With this project, Abdulhadi will be able to offer businessmen and women tailored suits and dresses, which are currently unavailable within her community. Through his vision, Abdulhadi will create five jobs in Dass as well as provide an alternative to individuals who have to travel long distances for professional tailoring. This change will allow local citizens to invest more money into their economy and generate individual incomes, which will ultimately improve the outlook of their community.
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.
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 email@example.com. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world.
Wishing you, your family and your friends the absolute this New Year!!!!
All of Leadership Initiatives (LI) cannot thank you enough for your kind and generous support. Your donation went directly towards helping community leaders gain the skills they need to launch new business initiatives in the fields of; mechanics, carpentry, electronic repair, tailoring, farming, transportation and more.
In practice this means we will be able to help more men and women like 2013 graduate Umar Inuwa create jobs and transform lives. Umar, who at 23 came to Leadership Initiatives with the idea of opening up his own photo studio was able to train with LI learning how to own and operate a business. LI then was able to give him advanced training in digital photography, photo editing software and printing while helping him find local investors to get his business off the ground.
Today Umar is community leader, his business employee’s three people, all of which now can afford to send their children to school, he is assisting his father in taking care of his siblings and has taken in 8 orphans. Three of which have entered LI’s Orphan Independence and Skills program (our greatest accomplishment to date).
This program was implemented by our business leaders in Birshi, Nigeria, where the city has historically lacked the infrastructure necessary to create and maintain such a project. Under the Orphan Care Initiative, each business may accept one to three children in need for whom they will provide resources and exposure to Leadership Initiatives core values. When the children become age-appropriate they begin an apprenticeship from another business in the project, leading to gainful employment and education. This program is giving new hope and creating infrastructure that, only decade ago, would have been beyond imagination.
Umar like many LI graduates plans to reinvest in Leadership Initiatives programs. In 2013 alone, 26 previous LI graduates fully funded new business initiatives and used their savings to expand their businesses into new areas and villages. Creating jobs, transforming lives and building a greater community for everyone involved.
This growth was also made possible by donors like Microsoft. Microsoft's Youthspark program allowed us to supercharge our donors with matching opportunities which lead to dramatic growth for LI in 2013.
This increased community development has attracted attention and praise from GlobalGiving, the State Department and USAID; all of whom visited the program sites. Our accomplishments within Nigeria have inspired even greater support from their organizations to ours. Other LI highlights include our International Business Alliance Program (IBAP); now IBAP students in the U.S. receive SAT/ACT training, guidance during the college application process, and scholarship assistance while raising funding for business training in Nigeria. Each school is responsible for working with one business to help identify and solve one major infrastructure problem. These exchanges have already led to improved fish farming techniques (in turn raising capital and feeding more people then ever before), and better skill sets for welding and tailoring shops. Several U.S. students received scholarships for their efforts.
Since 2004 LI projects have resulted in the gainful employment of hundreds of people. We continue to change lives and transform every area we work within. 2014 promises to be an even greater.
Dear Phenomenal Leadership Initiatives Supporters,
2013 has been a transformational year for Leadership Initiatives. We now have created 46 businesses and counting in Nigeria. Leaders are springing up not just in Bauchi but throughout the entire nation who wish to take part in our programs.
In 2014 we will lunch our new website where you as a supporter can see each business you helped make possible. You will be able see the business mission statement, the bio of the owners and through one of our greatest champions Omnilearn, you will be able to see the statistics of each our businesses.
With our new system you will see the average salary employees, how many children are going to school now because their parents or family members have gainful employment and how many orphans each business now supports.
Each report will also detail how much each business is earning, if they have paid off their loans, how much they are reinvesting in the community and how much they are reinvesting within themselves.
In essence you will see not only through pictures, videos but now statistically how you are building a better world.
New fall classes will be starting in a month and we will have much more to report then but for now feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to speak to a business owner, an employee, an orphan whose life you have changed or if you have an idea on how to make Leadership Initiatives a stronger organization.
I am looking forward to all of us growing together as a family of people who believe in change and one another.
Wishing you all a great week and honored by your support,
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Programs Manager - Nigeria