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Jun 3, 2019

Uniting Students and Entrepreneurs for Success

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donors,


It is halfway through 2019, 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 (and interactions just like these) 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

Jun 3, 2019

Launching from the Past into the Future!

Dear Treasured Donor,


Over the past decade, Leadership Initiatives’ ultimate goal has been focused on fighting poverty by creating 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 a 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 the 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 has a special place at LI - the story of Muhammad 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), as well as 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, the computer business center, M.S Dauda, has not only earned a reputation for high quality repair but has also earned a position 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 the 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 2018/2019 season a reality. If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs, please visit our website at  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!



The Leadership Initiatives Family

May 21, 2019

Donations for Better Medical Care in Bauchi

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,


Because of your generous donations, individuals and communities throughout Bauchi State will be able to forge the connections necessary to solve local problems using existing community resources. This will create a new generation of innovative, resourceful leaders poised to catapult their neighborhoods, regions, and nations forward. Donor contributions make it possible to provide promising individuals with entrepreneurial, leadership and project management training. These young leaders then identify obstacles to development within their own communities, design workable solutions, and create sustainable business models to overcome those obstacles. Leadership Initiatives partners with local government and business leaders to renew democracies on a grassroots level by cultivating self-reliant leadership. Lastly, Leadership Initiatives approaches the problems of underdevelopment by empowering communities to address their own needs, which will and eventually aid in making Nigeria a stronger and more democratic nation.


Our students create novel solutions firmly grounded in principles of social entrepreneurship. We have previously created in Bauchi, Nigeria businesses in: fish farming, welding, tailoring, motorcycle repair & computer education with job placement. Currently this project will help a Bauchi State hospital (Shifa Royal Hospital) in its attempts to bring adequate medical care to those in need from surrounding communities.


Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into the hospital and this team's project as the months 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 “Rochester High School Fighting for a Change”, 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 Shifa Royal Hospital Bauchi. Please contact Executive Director Marshall Bailly at or the project leader themselves (Ava) at . 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!



Leadership Initiatives

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