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 6, 2016

Business Planning Helps New Businesses Thrive

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, you have helped us to offer classes at the Regional Business Education Center in Bauchi and create 20 more self-owned businesses in Nigeria. In these classes, leaders and prospective business owners will be taught financial, personal, and business management. It will also be able to serve as a help center for problems and questions that arise. Essentially, this class will offer a 2nd year of business training, allowing businesses that are already successful to open up new shops.

When successful business owners replicate their original model and expand, more jobs and opportunity for a better life are created. Not only do these businesses help their own community, but also serve as a model for growth in surrounding communities. Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability.

This November, we have launched fifteen new businesses in Nigeria. This includes a TV repair company, beauty salon, cell phone repair company, and much more. Eight years ago, a man named Musa was taught how to tend to flowers while working as a janitor. Because of his commitment and love for gardening, Musa decided to become a full-time gardener. He has experienced great success, working for over one-hundred people over this time period. Because of his hard work in, Musa has the ability to support his wife and four children who are all in school. Currently, he does not own his own business, but sees this as an opportunity to do so.

Another great success story comes from a man named Ibrahim. Working in the Wunti Market in Bauchi, Ibrahim has been able to help take care of his siblings and lift the burden off of his uncles back. Four years ago, Ibrahim learned how to repair mobile phones. He took this acquired skill and decided to open his own business. On average, Ibrahim repairs five phones each week. This allows him to help his sister financially, so she can continue to study microbiology at the University of Bauchi. Ibrahim plans to continue to grow his business, helping his family any way possible.  

Our end goal is to be up the economy starting at its roots. This would be impossible without your generosity. You have allowed us to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations Marshall Bailly stated, 

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through Global Giving’s reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of our endeavors, Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our program please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world.

Thank you once again 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, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin Kunde

Assistant Director of Special Projects

Sep 6, 2016

Local Lives Transformed Through Literacy!

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives amd Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, you have made it possible for us to begin to break down the language barrier and communicate with our business leaders in Nigeria. In Nigeria, they do not speak English, but Hausa. Although much progress is being made, Nigerian business owners have had problems expanding to new neighbordhoods due to the language barrier. Our goal is to completely break this down.

Because all business transactions are done in English, business owners that do not speak the language can not expand. This problem is mostly prevelant in the youth population of Nigeria. Therfore, this project will directly address youth literacy training to gain employment or better support their business sponser. 

To address this, Leadership Initiatives will train 15 young business owners with basic English and launguage skills over the next year. Not only does this effect 15 young business owners, but through the use of business cards, effects upwards of 100 people. This will allow many more people to gain access to employment and encourage other youth to come to Leadership Initiatives for both literacy and job training. Our goal is to educate young leaders of the country so that one day they can transform their own country for the better.

In recent years, we have been able to hire two new translators to assisnt in tearing down the language barrier. Their names are Rashida and Martin. They help business leaders who do not speak English communicate to potential customers since most all transactions are done in English.

Without your generousity, this would not be possible. You have allowed us an opportunity  to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations Marshall Bailly stated,

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through GlobalGiving's reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project
update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of "Literacy in Nigeria",Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved 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 attempt to create a better world.

Thank you once again 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, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin

Assistant Director of Special Projects

Sep 6, 2016

New Business Opportunities To Create 100 New Jobs!

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donations, Leadership Initiatives (LI) was able to create 100 new jobs in 2015. LI takes on the problems of underdelopmeny by giving tools needed to communities to address their own needs. We partner with local government and business leaders to provide individuals with the training needed to start their own business. After acquiring these tools, these young leaders take it upon themselves to develop within their communities. 

We breathe new life into democracies from the roots by cultivating self-reliant leadership within the community. We help individuals and communities build relationships necessary to solve problems using the existing resources within the community. In the process of doing so, we train individuals to take their neighbors, regions, and nations with them. 

Our goal is to better the lives of individual business owners and those in their communites. Creating a vast amount of jobs helps to better the lives of their families by giving them an opourtunity to send their children to school, buy needed medication, and improve the overall living conditions. It also betters the lives of those in their community by offering products and services that were unavailable before. 

An example of your generousity and donations being put to great work is Deborah who has been a widow for over 10 years now. Life has been difficult for her and her 5 children who she has struggled to ensure all get an education. The difficulties they face has been due to a lack of adequate financial income for her to meet their daily needs. Her meagre teacher’s salary does very little for her and thus her desire to own a restaurant to help her and her children with the rising cost of living. She is very excited at the opportunity presented to her with Leadership Initiatives.

Deborah has always been a great cook and has always been told so by many. She loves cooking and has always helped friends and family to cook during birthday or wedding celebrations. She seeks to turn this into a profit making business for herself. She looks forward to the adventure of owning her own business and bringing more income home for her children. Nowadays, she employs four people, produces thirty to thirty-five plates of food a day, and is able to send her children to school.

This would all be impossible without your generousity. Your donations have allowed us to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations, Marshall Bailly states,

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through GlobalGiving's reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of these communities, Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved 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 attempt to create a better world.

Thank you once again 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, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin 

 
   

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