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
The school year is ending and that means that the yearly Leadership Initiatives’ International Leadership Business Summits are rapidly approaching! After the overwhelming success from last year’s teams, all of LI is super pumped for a new year of more solutions from amazing high school students. In addition to the ILBS Summits, Leadership Initiatives is sponsoring a Law and Medical program to help student’s take their passions and exercise them at a young age. Overall, we continue to be impressed with student solution’s and do not expect to be disappointed again this year. If you would like more information about the upcoming summer programs or would like to change the world yourself, please visit bethechangenow.org
In honor of this upcoming summer season, I am going to share below a story from one student who participated in last year’s summit:
“My first business partner was Ibrahim Usman, who created a mobile phone repair business to help support his sister and his uncle, who took them in after his parents were killed. I created a financial management system that could be used both digitally and on paper, as the electricity was being frequently shut off often in the area at that time. Because of this experience, I immediately fell in love with LI and wanted to do more.”
Life changing experiences are happening at these summer programs because of not only the student’s dedication, but yours as donors. Last year, Leadership Initiatives’ had a record breaking number of student solution’s funded because of the generous donations and support that we have received.
Let’s continue changing the world together. You are changing the world with us and I am so glad that every one of you is on this journey to help empower the communities of Nigeria. Thank you again for your support and generosity; I know that your impact is real and important and I cannot wait for our future together!
The Leadership Initiatives Team
Welcome to our new project, Create 100 Jobs in 2018 and 2019! For those who witnessed and helped with our success on the last Create 100 Jobs project, I personally thank you for your help and support to reach our goal! However, the mission of Leadership Initiatives is expanding more than ever and that is all due to your continuing support as donors!
As you may know, an integral part of the Leadership Initiatives work is through the International Business Alliance Program (IBAP). This is a program where some of the brightest high school students in the United States devote their time to helping business partners in Nigeria. Currently we have dozens of teams that are actively helping owners in many businesses such as fish farming, wedding, tailoring, and repair! The student solutions are amazing and are the reason why Leadership Initiatives has seen so much success in recent years. Both student and business owner benefit from this inimitable program; to show you all the effect of this partnership, I will share a story from a current IBAP student who is excelling in the program:
“Rabi’s face lit up on my computer screen one foot away on my desk. I had just told her that, yes, I do attend school. She had opened her own catering business so she could attend university. Rabi is a twenty-year-old spatula-wielding entrepreneur living in Bauchi, Nigeria. She operates a catering company living in a house miles away from the market, with no internet connection, very few financial resources, and a social stigma against working women.
I was connected with Rabi during my internship at Leadership Initiatives, helping her to create a marketing campaign, develop a financial management strategy, and standardize her recipes to become more profitable. Rabi talked about paying for her own tuition, gaining enough customers to employ other young women, and providing quality service to the members of her community. Not only was she motivated by personal financial stability, Rabi was driven towards a better economic future for her community, country, and continent.”
As you can see, this program is not only helping develop a business in need, but creating a friendship that will last forever.
Thank you all for your dedication and support in our efforts to empower the community leaders of Nigeria. We appreciate everything you have contributed to help our cause. Since I have been with the non-profit for a few years, I know that what you are helping create a better life for hundreds of kids and adults both in the United States and Nigeria. I am grateful for your continued gratitude along our journey to make the world a better place for all.