Dear Tremendous Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,
Through simple (yet tremendously effective) business solutions, high schoolers across the nation have had lasting impacts on their associates in Nigeria. Although there are new IBIP students every year as a result of the International Leadership and Business Summit at Georgetown University, now ongoing for the third year in a row, some solutions have been followed for years, becoming more elaborate due to steadfast commitment.
When I joined the IBIP program in my freshman year of high school, I was first partnered with Falilat, a Nigerian soap maker who was looking to finance the education of her children and her single staffer through her start-up business. She was looking to make herself stand out in the soap-making industry, one that was highly competitive in Bauchi State, the province of Nigeria in which she conducts the majority of her business. Through working with Falilat and learning more about these struggles, my group helped her develop a business name (DMB Soap, named after the initials of her children), logo (in the form of soap bubbles), and a new form of packaging. Although I extremely enjoyed working with Falilat, her success due to these solutions meant that I was partnered with a new business, only able to sporadically follow her progress.
However, due to my internship at Leadership Initiatives, I was able to choose my business partner for my senior year, the last year in which I would be able to participate in IBIP. Looking through the list, one name stood out: Falilat. During our first Skype call, Falilat instantly recognized me, excitedly telling me all about her newfound business due to the business name and logo. She informed my group that she was still part of IBIP because she was ready to expand; Falilat wanted to differentiate herself even more by creating scented soaps, finding yet another type of packaging for professional clients, and more. I was thrilled to learn about her progress and cannot wait to see where her business success will take her.
This is why Leadership Initiatives exists — these bonds between American students and Nigerian business partners empower growth and prosperity for both parties, allowing for the spread of ideas and cultures beyond national borders. Your support of our efforts greatly aids the creation of these connections. You, just like the dozens of high schoolers who work with Nigerian businesses, are playing a direct role in changing the lives of people around the globe. Thank you for this belief in the power of communication and collaboration, and thank you for the enormous difference that you make for this program!
If you would like to learn more about stories like Falilat’s, please visit liempower.org.
Dear wonderful donor,
The school year is in full swing and more students than ever are benefiting from the International Business Alliance Program. With your tremendous help, they have the resources necessary to help small businesses all the way in Nigeria. An IBIP student, Joshua Geronimo, explained the amazing impact that the program had on him.
"I've helped develop 3 business solutions for my business partner, Rabi Sani, who runs a catering business in Bauchi, Nigeria. I've made two new advertising programs for her and helped her create over 7 new buttercream frosting flavors that she can now offer. In return, Leadership Initiatives has given me SAT/ACT training, college essay revisions, and a chance to attend the International Business Leadership Summit(ILBS) during the summer of 2017."
Because of donors like you, Leadership Initiatives is able to positively impact students in the United States and small business leaders in Nigeria by providing them with the necessary tools.
Once again, thank you for your support, these opportunities would have not been possible without you.
Your friends at Leadership Initiatives
Dear Respective Leadership Initiatives Donors and Staff,
After a successful six sessions of summer programs, Leadership Initiatives has seen many new students thrive and use their innovation to benefit others. The students engaged in a multitude of fields such as medical, business, and legal to use their skills to anlayze the different sets of problems that they faced. Many students have changed and grown throughout this process. Below, you can read about a students experience with Leadership Initiatives:
"During the summer before my sophomore year of highschool, I was invited to attend a conference at the University of California, Los Angeles called the Global Young Innovators Initiative, which was my first real introduction to Leadership Initiatives. When I decided to go to this conference, I did not know how much the organization would affect my life. At the conference, I discovered that I would be partnered with a business owner in Nigeria and was tasked to solve three different problems that my assigned irrigation farming business was struggling with. My team and I worked throughout the week and managed to create a presentation from our ideas on how to solve their problems. Following the week of the conference, I was invited to join the International Business Internship Program. I am able to work with the same irrigation farmer to expand and better his business. Through this program and through the Leadership Initiatives Internship Program, I have learned how amazing it is to be able to help someone you have never met before that lives on the opposite side of the world. Throughout my work with the International Business Internship Program, I have set up many fundraisers to help those in Nigeria. Leadership Initiatives has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader and pursue my passion in international development. I am excited for the years to come with this organization."
Thank you to everyone that continuely supports us in our journey to change lives - both the students and the business owners. We appreciate your generosity in helping us work towards a better future for the lives of the students and our Nigerian business partners.
Leadership Initiatives Staff