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 14, 2016

New LI Businesses Show Promising Growth

Dear Cherished Donor,

As summer approaches, we would like to take the chance to express our wholehearted gratitude for your irreplaceable contributions. Over the past decade, Leadership Initiatives’ ultimate goal has been focused on fighting poverty by creating businesses in developing countries - a goal that would have been impossible to accomplish without your help; your efforts are the means by which we are able to make a difference.

In this letter, I would like to personally show you the priceless difference you have been making in the lives of individuals across the world. Although there are many success stories at Leadership Initiatives, however, I would like to focus one story that that has recently found its place at LI - the story of Rabiu Al-Hassan and his business.

The story begins a few months ago in a small auto body shop in Bauchi, Nigeria. Rabiu Al-Hassan had been working at the shop for three years and sought to open an auto body shop of his own. Rabiu found an opportunity after being approached by Leadership Initiatives; he worked for months on training his employees and polishing his management skills before opening up for business this year.

The auto body repair business is centered around repairing dents in cars. Rabiu and his employees work hard to ensure that every customer leaves with quality service. Their hard work and attention to details have earned them a strong reputation within their community and have build a loyal customer base, as a result.

His business employs four hard working individuals, providing them with specialized vocational training and a stable income. In doing so, Rabiu is able to keep young men away from the dangers that plague his community; many members of his community are deeply grateful for his work. Moreover, his business has also given Rabiu the capabilities to provide for his wife and six month old son as well as other members of his family.

Rabiu’s story is not an uncommon one. This summer, Leadership Initiatives will have twenty new businesses up and running. 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 personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a Skype call with a business owner!

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your dedication to our cause; the help that you have given us has come a long way in helping Leadership Initiatives prosper. Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this summer!


Sincerely,

Marshall and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

_____________________________

Marshall Bailly II

Executive Director

Leadership Initiatives

4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236

Washington, DC  20016

(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221

www.LIchange.org

Jun 13, 2016

Conferences Connect More Students to Businesses

Dear Cherished Donors,

 

Your support over the last few years has fostered phenomenal growth among countless young innovators, working to foster economic growth in third world countries. Moreover, your invaluable contributions have also helped many young leaders enrich their learning with valuable experiences that you have helped make possible. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our summer program this year.

In the coming weeks, Leadership Initiatives will be hosting a series of session at universities across the country. The conference - Global Youth Innovators Initiative - is result of a combined effort between Leadership Initiatives and Envision, an organization that seeks to enrich high school students with real-world experiences of different career pathways.

Throughout the Global Youth Innovators Initiative, students will work with a team of other high-achieving students to address a challenge facing a business in Nigeria. Teams will communicate with their Nigerian counterpart via Skype as they consider the problem, research possible answers, help develop and sustainable solution and assist in the project implementation.

In the past, students have found ways to make water purification systems more sustainable, designed innovative fundraising campaigns to help start and support a small business in Africa, and developed a plan to combat computer illiteracy through educational opportunities.

At the conclusion of the conference, teams will present their challenge and solution to their peers, faculty and a panel of experts from Leadership Initiatives. A select number of students from each team will be given the opportunity to join Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Alliance Program to continue working with their Nigerian colleagues. Hundreds of students apply for this program each year, and only three to five percent of all applicants are accepted into the program annually. Those select students who join the International Business Alliance Program, will continue with their work and leave a lasting impact in developing communities across the world.

Sincerely,

Marshall and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

___________________________

Marshall Bailly II

Executive Director

Leadership Initiatives

4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236

Washington, DC  20016

(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221

www.LIchange.org



Jun 13, 2016

Another Success Story in LI's Programs

Dear Cherished Donor,

 

We would like to express our gratitude for your help in growing Leadership Initiatives into the organization it is today; every single contribution has made a significant step towards achieving our goals. In this letter, I would like to display the fruits of your efforts. As you may recall, in an earlier report, we introduced Abdulhadi, a hard working, driven individual, who opened his own tailoring shop with the help of Leadership Initiatives. One of the biggest challenges facing Abdulhadi and his employees was the language barrier, which kept him from interacting with his customers and suppliers. In the face of adversity, Abdulhadi worked hard to improve his English through Leadership Initiatives’ Literacy Training Program; after coming a long way, Abdulhadi and his employees are thankful for your investments in their success. In fact, Abdulhadi wanted Leadership Initiatives to pass a sincere letter to those who helped him along the way.

 

We will like to say thank you for helping us learn how to communicate with customers who understand English language only. We have more advantage than most of our competitors, especially after we made this great achievement. In terms of our job we are really good, but with learning English it made us the best. We lost many customers before because of our English skills, but now we are much better

 

I am grateful and excited for being with Leadership Initiatives and those who donated to support us from beginning up to this moment. We thank you very much and God bless.

 

Best,

Abdulhadi

Today, Abdulhadi works with Leadership Initiatives’ media teams to create business videos and narrations that improve publicity. His English skills have significantly improved to the point where they give him a huge advantage as a business owner and as an individual. All of these achievements could not have been possible without your help.

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your dedication to our cause; the help that you have given us has come a long way in helping Leadership Initiatives prosper. 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. Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this summer!

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Bailly and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

_____________________________

Marshall Bailly II

Executive Director

Leadership Initiatives

4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236

Washington, DC  20016

(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221

www.LIchange.org

 
   

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