Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donors,
It is halfway through 2018, and our reach keeps expanding rapidly all thanks to those who support us. Due to this tremendous support, we have more IBIP teams and business partners than every before. We could have not done it without your kindness.
Therefore I would like to share a student's story of her experience with her business partner and how your contributions made this interaction possible:
"My journey at Leadership Initiatives began two years ago when I attended the Global Young Innovators, Envision summer program at Emory University. There we were presented with a business from Nigeria which we would help during the entire week and at the end give a presentation of our solutions. Because of my great work here, I was able to start an IBIP team of my own. For the past year and a half, my team has been working with Ms. Deborah and Unity Restaurant, helping her improve the problems presented to us. Some of our solutions that we have been able to give to Ms. Deborah are a new logo, new business cards, new flyers, and re-designed menus. Currently, we are working on improving her delivery system."
From this student helping Deborah and her restaurant, she has been able to expand, and therefore have the resources to help others in her community. All of our business leaders that we partner with are dedicated community leaders who - if helped - will offer jobs and support to other people in their community. This creates a cycle of change that continues to help generations ahead. As long as we give these people the help that they need, they will make sure to use that gift to cause change themselves.
We thank you again to our donors and supporters because you truly make a big difference in our reach. By supporting us, you are supporting the people of sub-Saharan Africa who are grateful for your contribution. Your generosity has helped us create more job opportunities for both community adults with businesses and orphans. Change can happen anywhere at anytime - and by helping us, you are affecting lives halfway across the world. Thank you again for all that you do.
The Leadership Initiatives Team
Dear Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,
As the school year comes to an end, I would like to celebrate the wonderful job that all of the high school students have been doing to help their Nigerian business partners. The dedication to their projects is inspiring to everyone. As the summer programs come up, it is exciting to think about all of the new and old students coming to help change lives! In honor of this, here is a personal story from one of our interns, Sarah, on how her life has changed because of the programs:
“My time at Leadership Initiatives begin two years ago, when I attended the Global Youth Innovators at Initiative at University of Chicago. During my time spent there, I had my first opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in Nigeria to help them implement solutions into their business so that they could grow and thrive in their communities. Greatly humbled and impassioned by this experience, I chose to form an International Business Internship Program team with four of my most determined classmates/friends. We began working with an ambitious young woman named Zainab, who runs her own yogurt business in Bauchi State, Nigeria. After having the opportunity to meet Zainab through skype and see, first hand, what a hard-working, dedicated individual she is, my team felt compelled to help her in any way we could. Since then, we have developed a new, consistent recipe for her yogurt drink, created a marketing plan with a business name (Golden Spoon) and logo design, and are currently working to implement these solutions and develop a natural and safe way to preserve her product. The IBIP program has given me the amazing opportunity make a difference across the globe while simultaneously getting to form authentic relationships with astounding individuals.”
We are so proud of our students, and thank you all for sharing in our cause to change lives. Your journey with us is much appreciated. I deeply thank you for the gratitude you have all shown us in the past, and I hope you continue to support us in the future!
If you would like to learn more about our upcoming programs, please visit bethechangenow.org!
Dear Valued Leadership Initiative Donor,
Things have been going great in the lovely Bauchi located in Nigeria. Our reach of business partners in Nigeria is still expanding rapidly, and we are making great headway to change more lives every single day. Leadership Initiatives is so blessed to be working with such an amazing team and businesses that are committed to bettering themselves and the community.
One of our amazing business owners, Ibrahim, owns a Mobile Phone Repair Company and has been making great strides in his work. Ibrahim does not only help lead the community; he helps teach young boys his trade to give them the skills to make a living. The skills they gained with Ibrahim allow them to provide for their families and contribute to the well-being of their community. Besides taking in apprentices, Ibrahim has worked hard to support his sister and uncle after both of his parents died. In these difficult circumstances, Ibrahim stepped up and made ends meet.
Now Ibrahim has used his business to put himself through school at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and will be graduating later this year with a degree in Microbiology. Ibrahim plans to continue to help his community and use his degree to pursue other passions.
Thanks to you as donors, Ibrahim has had the chance to expand his business to the point where he can pay for an education at university. Leadership Initiatives will always be committed to community leaders like Ibrahim, and we are always happy to see people thriving from our work. However, it is donors like you who have given us the chance to affect the lives of many Nigerian businesses so they can help more people around them.
I am very grateful for your part in our journey, and I hope you stick around to here more amazing stories from half way across the world in Nigeria.
Leadership Initiatives Team