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Jun 2, 2017

Enhancing Businesses through Simple Solutions

Rabi Working to Prepare a Dish
Rabi Working to Prepare a Dish

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Leadership Initiatives partners with several business owners that play a major role in their communities. We believe that supporting the business with innovative solutions will, in turn, help better the community as a whole. Our International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) enables us to work with promising young leaders to develop innovative ideas for our business partners in Nigeria. These ideas range from simple solutions to inventive creations, enabling our business owners to enhance their organizations through creative, cooperative thinking.

One example of the exciting changes brought about by IBAP is displayed through our work with a catering business in Nigeria, owned by a young woman named Rabi. After graduating from secondary school, Rabi took the initiative to start her own organization. Leadership Initiatives partnered with Rabi and now provides her with business support and classes to encourage her passions and further her entrepreneurial acumen. A designated IBAP team worked with Rabi to create practical solutions for some of the problems she encountered while running her business. The team strategized ways to best preserve food by means of particular storing techniques, natural ingredients, and preservatives. The simple, effective ideas helped Rabi better her business and provided new ways for her to distinguish herself from other local catering services.

IBAP teams work hand-in-hand with our business partners to provide otherwise unavailable expertise and underpinnings. The LI staff prioritizes cooperation and personalization to understand individual problems and create effective business plans. Our business partners are then able to invest in their communities by generating jobs and strengthening customer relationships. The dedicated efforts of our LI staff and business partners catalyze changes made in individual lives and communities, allowing us to further progress our mission.

Jun 1, 2017

Finding Security in the Midst of Danger

Members of the Jafi Security Team
Members of the Jafi Security Team

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

One exceptional partner of Leadership Initiatives is Jafi Security Guard Limited, a successful security company that provides protection in one of the most dangerous locations in the world. Their work has positively impacted not only their community, but the entire nation, as they have expanded across Nigeria over the past ten years of operation. The commitment and leadership of the business' team is vital in such a dangerous occupation, especially in the company's work environment. The workers' earnest dedication displays the overall mentality embraced by LI, and we hope to further cooperate with Jafi Security as each worker carries out their immense responsibilities.

In 2007, Jafi Security Guard Limited opened its doors with a total of 75 personnel devoted to providing physical protection for both individuals and properties with which they are partnered. The company's success has led them to grow their total work force to 500 employees assigned to various locations across the country. Jafi Security not only brings safety to a variety of areas, but provides many employment opportunities to youths that would otherwise remain out of work. The business also remains consistent in assuring staff welfare, even going so far as to provide necessary assistance for the dependents of the company's workers. The care and safety Jafi Security implements into the business and its surroundings gives LI the opportunity to safeguard a number of Nigerian communities.

Partnering with a business like Jafi Security Guard Limited is a great opportunity for Leadership Initiatives to continue making a positive impact within Nigerian communities. By providing business support to Jafi Security, LI is able to ensure that the organization will continue to grow, and by doing so further the protection placed across the nation. The commitment shared by Jafi Security and LI will continue to benefit the people of Nigeria as we remain ardent in our enthusiastic efforts to bolster the Nigerian business.

Jafi Security Prioritizes Customer Service
Jafi Security Prioritizes Customer Service
Jun 1, 2017

Orphan Care

Jamil works in the Adbullahadi
Jamil works in the Adbullahadi's Shoemaker Shop

One of the most impactful programs of Leadership Initiatives is the Orphan Independence and Skills Program. The undertaking was originally conceptualized by our grateful business partners that wished to give back to their community by caring for local orphans. In support of this initiative, LI began their orphan care program to ensure that the orphans are both well-treated and taught a set of skills to prepare them for work later on in their lives.

Leadership Initiatives gives initial training to all orphans, providing applicable knowledge to plant seeds of proficiency into every individual. As they progress in their learning, LI keeps an ongoing supervision over the children and makes routine visits to make sure they are properly fed, clothed, and provided for. As they begin their training, each orphan is able to pick a trade that interests them most. This personalized approach enables the trainees to find a career in which they can grow and thrive while maintaining a sense of enjoyment from their work. As they participate in training, all protégés are given apprentice wages to earn an income throughout the progression of their instruction. By encouraging the orphans to equip themselves with a set of practical skills, Leadership Initiatives not only cooperates with our business partners, but with their entire communities.

An example of the opportunities provided by the Orphan Independence and Skills Program is well represented in one of our participants, Jamil. Jamil is a sixteen-year-old orphan that lost his father years ago before starting an apprenticeship with Danliti, the owner of the Adbullahadi’s Shoemaker Shop. Jamil has been under Danliti’s care for about four years; Danliti took him in about a year after Jamil lost his parents. Jamil was hanging outside of Danliti’s cobbling shop looking to help out and earn some extra money to survive. Danliti began to inquire about his family, his future plans, and the challenges he faced. After Jamil had told him he had to stop attending school because he lost his father who had been paying for his tuition, Danliti opted to pay for his fees and give him some extra money for his welfare. In turn, Jamil brought a strong dedication and commitment to the shop, attributes he initially displayed when he tried to provide help in Danliti's shop, even without being asked to do so. Jamil has since graduated from the apprenticeship and helps as a full-time worker at the cobbling shop, learning more about the skill while attending school during the day and helping to pay for his brothers' and sisters' care. 

It is the care and compassion of LI's business partners that enables us to make such a strong, lasting impact on communities. The knowledge and support that the Orphan Independence and Skills Program provides is evident in the stories of the many children like Jamil. As we continue to oversee the growth and education of numerous children, Leadership Initiatives is grateful for each and every person that allows us to change lives for the better.

 
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