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Jan 21, 2020

Connecting Nigerian Entrepreneurs to Opportunity

Dear Treasured Donors,

 

Over the past decade, one of Leadership Initiatives’ ultimate goals has been to fight poverty through the creation of businesses in developing countries - a goal that would have been impossible to accomplish without your help; your efforts are the means by which we are able to make this difference.

 

In this letter, I would like to personally show you the priceless difference you have been making in the lives of individuals across the world. As we look towards future opportunities for job growth, it’s important to remember the past successes that donations like yours have made possible. Although there are many success stories at Leadership Initiatives, I would like to focus one story that that holds a special place at LI - the story of Sani.

 

Sani, the firstborn of five, was brought up with strong family values; since he was young, he took on odd jobs to support his younger siblings. When his family did not have the money to finance his education, Sani worked hard to put himself through college, where he studied computer science.

 

Upon completing his education, Sani found himself looking for a job; it was at this time that Leadership Initiatives identified Sani as a community leader and provided him with specialized business management training, additional skills from an LI computer trainer (although the trainer admits that Sani taught him a number of things as well), and the means for funding. Armed with a variety of resources, Sani opened a computer business center with a single goal in mind - providing cost effective computer repair and printing services that would help members of his community grow their own businesses.

 

After months of dedicated hard work, his computer business center, M.S Dauda, has not only earned a reputation for high quality repair but has also gained the role as a pillar of the community. Many Nigerian high school students have the opportunity of receiving low cost computer training with M.S. Dauda, allowing those, who could not otherwise afford computer training, to develop important technical skills.

 

As a pillar of his local community, Sani seeks to empower those who do not have access to job opportunities; he employs three hard working individuals, providing them with a stable income as well as specialized technical training that will allow them to enjoy success in the future. Sani’s unique desire to help others has allowed him to rise to prominence in his community; based on what we have seen so far, we can only expect even greater achievements to come.

 

Your donations make it possible to give both entrepreneurs like Sani and members of his community a steady way to make a living, showing just how crucial your role is in making our goal of creating 100 jobs in the 2020 season a reality. If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs, please visit our website at www.lichange.org. There you can find personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a Skype call with a business owner!

 

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your dedication to our cause; the help that you have given us has come a long way in helping Leadership Initiatives, and especially the business owners we work with, prosper. Wishing you, your friends, and your family the absolute best!

 

 


Sincerely,

 

The Leadership Initiatives Family

Jan 21, 2020

Supporting a Auto Mechanic in Bauchi State

Dear Benevolent Donors and Contributors,

 

Leadership Initiatives would like to thank you again for everything you’ve done to support this team. As you’re all aware, nonprofit organizations are so reliant on (and grateful for!) the benevolence of supporters like you to help us in our mission. This close relationship between our success and your personal generosity is why we cannot overstate how much we appreciate both your financial and emotional support. 

 

Even though our working relationship with Mr. Faisal, the car mechanic with whom this school is partnered, is not new, your donations are still tremendously important to help expand his business. Even the smallest contributions mean the world of difference to us, Mr. Faisal, and the people who rely on his services every day. In order to help this team of students help Mr. Faisal expand his customer base, your support of them is absolutely essential. Your encouragement of Gonzaga College High School and their goal to help this business will directly benefit their efforts to address the difficulties of car repair (including dealing with certain manufacturers and various parts), thus providing services to people from across the globe.

 

As we’ve mentioned before, we’d love your input or suggestions on how this team can best aid the business. We here at Leadership Initiatives are nothing if we are not propelled by an environment of creativity, and your ideas may very well be the next solution needed to truly change lives. Please contact Executive Director Marshall Bailly at mbailly@lichange.org to give your insight or to learn more about the steps being taken to help this orphanage. Again, we couldn’t do it without you!

 

WIshing you and your family a wonderful day,

 

Leadership Initiatives

Jan 16, 2020

Supporting a Small Business in Bauchi

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Your donations will empower individuals and communities across Bauchi State, Nigeria, giving them the opportunity to form connections and address local issues using community resources. This will create a generation of leaders given the platform to encourage progress that starts at the local level but impacts many more. Contributions from donors give promising individuals access to entrepreneurial, leadership and project management training. These leaders then identify developmental obstacles within their communities, design practical solutions, and create sustainable business models to overcome those obstacles.

Our students create novel solutions firmly grounded in principles of social entrepreneurship. We have previously created in businesses northern Nigeria businesses in: fish farming, welding, motorcycle repair, and computer education with job placement. Currently, high school students who are members of LI's International Business Internship Program will be partnering with one such business in Bauchi to provide its staff with solutions that will help expand the business by increasing profits and employing more community members. These students will be prompted to develop effective approaches financial management, advertising, and branding. Your encouragement of this project will truly help change lives across the globe, as these small businesses act as models of public service and centers of change.

As a supporter of this project, 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 this team could best help their business partner. Please contact Executive Director Marshall Bailly at mbailly@lichange.org if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments! Your hard work and support 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 in Nigeria or this specific project leader, we would love to communicate with you so you can personally see the change you are creating.

 

Wishing you, your family and your friends the absolute best!

Sincerely,

Leadership Initiatives

 
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