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May 17, 2011

Astonishing Program Achievements and Updates

Thanks to your support of Leadership Initiatives is spreading new opportunities of INDEPENDENCE and SELF-RELIANCE throughout Nigeria.  As each LI sponsored beneficiary completes training and launches a business, the positive impact ripples through surrounding families and communities, providing new educational opportunities, increased income, and most importantly, a tangible example of INDEPENDENCE and SELF-RELIANCE for the entire community.  Your support is what enables LI to continue to sustain this incredible process of economic and personal empowerment.

With your help, Leadership Initiatives has made it possible for Ibrahim Maikasuwa to:

  • Identify a community need—for affordable welding services
  • Complete an apprenticeship and launch a new welding business in Yelwan, Bauchi
  • Develop an advertising program and new fencing technology to grow that business
  • Hire and train 3 new welders to meet growing demand for his services
  • Use business profits to educate 5 family members (siblings, and cousins)
  • Support others by providing welding training
  • Donate money and fundraising efforts on behalf of other Leadership Initiatives

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Most importantly, we want to thank you again for your support of Leadership Initiatives—a thank you that comes from those in Nigeria who are now self-employed, from their families, and from their communities.  In a world where it can seem hard to make a real difference, your support already has!
 
As always, we welcome your comments and questions.  Please feel free to contact mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org or simply respond to this e-mail.
 
With great appreciation,
 
Marshall Bailly and Khalifa Lawan
Executive Director and Field Programs Manager

Business-by-Business Updates 

BAI (Fish Farming)

Fish Farming Programs have all had record profits due to the creation of completely plastic fish tanks, new farming practices and better shipping services to sell the fish at market.

 Fish farming programs plan to expand into other states and to invest their newly created capital in business ventures such as Cattle and Poultry farms to be created by LI students.

 BCLI (DP) (Computer literacy and job creation)

Programs continue to grow.  New customers continue to come to the handicapped-run internet cafes.  New computer education classes for local community members, new teaching programs and expanded job vocational training services for the disabled have been introduced.

 Skills Acquisition

The Welding program will be hiring three new employees and has recorded record profits. Business owners and employees have donated to every LI fundraiser from Global Giving.

Mechanic Program plans to open in new locations focused on motorbike repairs and training new employees to fix those vehicles.

Tailoring beneficiaries are improving their skills and expanding their business to include business suit and dress tailoring services. Two separate tailoring shops will add three and two new employees in June respectively. 

 All the tools for Skills Acquisition are being maintained properly by the beneficiaries and  none have been reported missing, sold or broken. The beneficiaries are working diligently to ensure that all the equipment is intact and appropriately maintained.

2011 New business ventures

Shoe cobbler shops-site for new shop has been located business expected to open June 16th

Electrician shops-site for new shop is still being negotiated.

Cattle farms-sites have been located and acquisition of cattle is now in progress.

Poultry farms- sites have been chosen and the creation of poultry housing is now in progress.

Feb 16, 2011

2010's Amazing Results

Computer Literacy Grad from new computer centre
Computer Literacy Grad from new computer centre

LEADESHIP INITAITIVES NIGERIA PROJECTS UPDATE

BAI (Fish Farming)

Results: In 2010 BAI feed over 1800 people curing them of their vitamin B deficiencies with six farms, sent over 23 children who were previously farm hands to school and  created a consortium of farmers who are creating new roads and employing shippers and other members of the Nigeria community that never had such opportunities before. The average farmer has increased their previously incomes by over 300%.

BCLI (DP) (Computer literacy and job creation)

Results: Six new small computer centers in Bauchi to service the community owned by disabled Bauchi citizens.

Other students were absorbed by the local Bauchi government to better their computer education programs, implementing projects like BCLI or Computer teachers for local schools.

YMSAI (Skills Acquisition)

Tailoring beneficiaries are improving their skills by learning new trends, as are motorcycle repairs and welding. All the tools distributed are being maintained properly by the beneficiaries and so far none have been reported missing, sold or broken. 

Results

 

In 2010, 4 new tailoring shops were opened. Employing women and men from all different religions, economic sects and backgrounds creating new independent Nigerians poised to build a better life for their families by increasing their families income up to 200%

Final Quarter of 2010 Results Five New businesses!!!!!

Two new tailoring shops employing six people each

One new mechanic shop employing two mechanics

Two new welding companies employing 6 and 7 people each respectively

 

2011 New business ventures

Shoe cobbler shops

Electrician shops

Cattle farms

Poultry farms

Tailoring Business Owner  now provides for her fam
Tailoring Business Owner now provides for her fam
New hire at the Mechanic Shop!!!!
New hire at the Mechanic Shop!!!!
First caught fish of the day ready to feed Nigeria
First caught fish of the day ready to feed Nigeria
Nov 24, 2010

65 Stable jobs over 6 months and more on the way

Skills Graduation Ceremony
Skills Graduation Ceremony

 PROJECTS UPDATE

BAI (Fish Farming)

The project is still maintained by the beneficiaries and they are reinvesting the money earned during the previous harvests; however, the fish have not yet been restocked because many beneficiaries are currently working in their farm lands cultivating crops.  

The farmers (beneficiaries) are highly committed to expanding the aquaculture business; for example, introducing plastic tanks instead of concrete tanks for rearing the fish.

The beneficiaries have discovered many ways of reducing cost during the farming process. Sani Abdu, one of the fish farming beneficiaries, noted that if concrete tanks are to be used for the farming, the tanks have to be renovated at the end of every harvest. By introducing plastic tanks, the cost of maintenance is nearly eliminated. Though the concrete tanks can contain more fish, the beneficiaries still decided to make use of plastic tanks because of their convenience and low-cost upkeep.

 

BCLI (DP) (Computer literacy and job creation)

Some of the beneficiaries are working in business centers while others work in private organizations like internet cafes. All are maintaining their skills and are able to remain independent.  Some are considering furthering their education, while others are trying to improve their computer skills and develop their IT careers. The project boosts morale and encourages beneficiaries to plan for the future more than ever before.

LI is willing to continue to assist those who are interesting in learning new computer skills such as hardware maintenance, local networking and graphic design to increase their opportunities.

 

The two organizations (CYDI and LI-CGLAO) are working towards short-listing the new beneficiaries and are also planning to see how we can involve the now-experienced students to impart their knowledge and skills to the new beneficiaries

 

BCLI (PSS) (Computer teachers for local schools)

 The project has immensely enhanced the education of Bauchi primary and secondary schools.  The students are computer literate and able to use basic but essential applications such as Microsoft Office and the internet, which enables students to effectively use computers and the internet to locate material related to their studies.

 The project is currently running in Dolphin Institute.  The positive outcomes of the project encourage both the school and parents to allow the children to participate in the program. We are now working towards implementing the same project in other schools and exploring the possibility of networking schools in order to share experiences and improve the knowledge of their students.

 Future proposals programs for the primary and secondary schools of Bauchi will examine additional ways we can increase technology in the schools.

 

YMSAI (Skills Acquisition)

Tailoring beneficiaries are improving their skills by learning new trends, as are motorcycle repairs and welding. All the tools distributed are being maintained properly by the beneficiaries and so far none have been reported missing, sold or broken. Stolen or inadequate materials can make a business collapse.  The beneficiaries are working diligently to ensure that all the tools are intact and appropriately maintained.

Tools bought for shops by local entrepreneurs
Tools bought for shops by local entrepreneurs
Welding Beneficiary Graduation
Welding Beneficiary Graduation
School Computer Education Classes
School Computer Education Classes
Local tailor jobs created by the project
Local tailor jobs created by the project
Grown fish feeding thousands
Grown fish feeding thousands
 
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