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.
Dec 17, 2015

Literacy Training Project Sees Huge Success

Auwal
Auwal's Employee Working on Motorcycle Repair

Dear Cherished Donor,

In the spirit of the holiday season, 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 - the Literacy Training program. As you may recall, in an earlier report, we introduced Auwal, a hard working, driven individual, who opened his own motorcycle repair shop with the help of Leadership Initiatives. One of the biggest challenges facing Auwal and his employees was the language barrier, which kept him from interacting with his customers and suppliers. In the face of adversity, Auwal worked hard to improve his English through Leadership Initiatives’ Literacy Training Program; after coming a long way, Auwal and his employees are thankful for your investments in their success. In fact, Auwal 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 lost many customers because of that. Now the communication is better and we began to gain more customers. 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 get discount from our motorcycle parts suppliers because of easy communication. Our supplies understand English language more than our native language, so for that reason we have upper hand in terms of rendering services to customers with more discount than we offer before.

We consider this as a greatest achievement in our life; and our family are happy because we can afford many things now and our siblings can go to school. So this has really better our lives.

Therefore, we are 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.

Sincerely,

Auwal

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 Holiday Season!

 

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

Brainstorming Solutions for Literacy Project
Brainstorming Solutions for Literacy Project
Auwal Using English in Daily Work
Auwal Using English in Daily Work
Dec 17, 2015

Job Growth Continues to Speed Ahead

Hamza Hard At Work
Hamza Hard At Work

Dear Valued Donor,

 

Your support over the past few years has resulted in phenomenal job growth in regions across the world. While Leadership Initiatives seeks to empower individuals to start their own businesses, the ultimate impact lies in creating jobs; only with more individuals in the workforce can the symptoms of poverty be overcome.

In this letter, Leadership Initiatives would like to take the time to show you the fruits of your efforts; the significant investments that you have placed in improving the lives of others have produced astounding results in creating jobs and empowering many hard working individuals. With a stable source of income, many of the individuals working with Leadership Initiatives have found a way to support their families as well as their communities. These are some of their stories.

Mahmood Alhassan has been working with Rabiu, the owner of an electrical repair shop, for approximately ten years; he is one of the employees of Rabiu’s most skilled employees and has been of tremendous help to Rabiu. As a child, Mahmood’s father brought him to learn how to perform electrical repairs; it was no surprise, when Mahmood found employment at Rabiu’s business where he could hone the skills his father had taught him. After years of work, Mahmood has become an invaluable asset for Rabiu’s business; he is one of the few employees that can finish skilled repair jobs without oversight. Moreover, in working at the electrical repair shop, Mahmood has found a means of supporting his family and learning specialized skills that will allow him to prosper in the future.

Hamza Kabiru is another young employee who works for Danliti, owner of the shoemaking shop. As a child, his parents were unable to support him through school; he started working for Danliti in order to take charge of his own education. About 8 months after, he had made enough to be able to return to school. Today Hamza is in high school; known as one of the most skilled employee at the shop, Hamza works hard to earn money to help his parents provide for his siblings.

Yet another hard working employee is Hamza Musa; originally from the Jigawa state, he came to Bauchi in search of more opportunities and a better life. His life took a turn for the better when he met Sani, owner of a local fish farm. Hamza and his family have benefited tremendously from the fish farm; the family is so involved with the farming process that his wives and children even know when and how to feed the fishes. Hamza’s salary is directly invested in his family and his helped him put all of his children through school. His hard work serves as a testament to the fact that a brighter future is available to anyone determined enough to get it.

Because of you, there are more jobs, orphans cared for, and opportunities for communities in Nigeria. Without your involvement, Leadership Initiatives would not have grown into what it is today. If you would like to learn more about the jobs you have created, 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!

Also if you have 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 Holiday Season!

 

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

Meet Hamza Musa
Meet Hamza Musa
Dec 17, 2015

Young Innovators at LI are Changing the World

Selling Doughnuts for Charity
Selling Doughnuts for Charity

Dear Treasured 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. In light of the upcoming holiday season, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce one such team of leaders.

Meet Carter Haak, Ishaan Sandhir, Aaron Pfeiffer, Jack Smalley, and Jonathan Thesing, a team of bright students who have been working tirelessly to make an impact in the impoverished village of Yelwa, Nigeria. Their story began in March 2015, when Carter attended Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security, where he had the chance to speak with Leadership Initiatives’ Executive Director Marshall Bailly. 

“Once Marshall told me about the International Business Alliance Program, I was hooked,” says Carter. “I took the chance to jump on this opportunity, not knowing that in just a few short months, it would change my life.”

After accepting a coveted position as a team leader within the International Business Alliance Program, Carter reached out to his friends at his local high school, The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio. Once the team was ready, they were partnered with Hamza Ya’au, a welder in the Yelwa Village in Nigeria; they were tasked with designing solutions to problems facing Hamza’s business - a job they approached with gusto. After analyzing Hamza’s business, the students identified one major area of improvement for NEWco Welders: accounting. Seeing that Hamza lacked a concrete financial management system, the team went to work. Through extensive research and financial analysis, the students were able to create a method for Hamza to track and manage his profits and expenses, allowing him to invest more of his time in expanding his business.

Seeing their solution put to action, the students found the drive to further enhance Hamza’s business - this time through product development. After spending hours at the drawing board, the Miami Valley IBAP team created a new design for a gate - one of Hamza’s main products - that was stronger and more unique than competing designs. As soon as the team’s design was introduced to the Yelwa community, Hamza received a large amount of orders; with their innovative work, these students were able to directly affect a change in the lives of many across the world.

However, the IBAP team’s efforts didn’t stop at Hamza; the students also decided to sponsor a growing phone repair business through fundraising efforts. For the past few months, the students have organized various bake sales and weekly doughnut sales at their local high school. Although they were met with struggles, the team persevered, raising an impressive total of one thousand five hundred dollars for their partner business. Moreover, their hard work has also united their community in support of their cause. 

For more information on the young innovators at Leadership Initiatives, please visit lichange.org. Once again, we are honored by your support and are deeply thankful for your help in empowering the future generations.

 

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

Brainstorming Ideas
Brainstorming Ideas
Presenting their Work
Presenting their Work

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