Leadership Initiatives

Leadership Initiatives (LI) renews democracies on a grassroots level by cultivating self-reliant leadership. We help individuals and communities forge the connections necessary to solve local problems using existing community resources. In the process we train a new generation of innovative, resourceful leaders poised to catapult their neighborhoods, regions, and nations forward.
Dec 17, 2015

Young Innovators at LI are Changing the World

Selling Doughnuts for Charity
Selling Doughnuts for Charity

Dear Treasured Donors,

 

Your support over the last few years has fostered phenomenal growth among countless young innovators, working to foster economic growth in third world countries. Moreover, your invaluable contributions have also helped many young leaders enrich their learning with valuable experiences that you have helped make possible. In light of the upcoming holiday season, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce one such team of leaders.

Meet Carter Haak, Ishaan Sandhir, Aaron Pfeiffer, Jack Smalley, and Jonathan Thesing, a team of bright students who have been working tirelessly to make an impact in the impoverished village of Yelwa, Nigeria. Their story began in March 2015, when Carter attended Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security, where he had the chance to speak with Leadership Initiatives’ Executive Director Marshall Bailly. 

“Once Marshall told me about the International Business Alliance Program, I was hooked,” says Carter. “I took the chance to jump on this opportunity, not knowing that in just a few short months, it would change my life.”

After accepting a coveted position as a team leader within the International Business Alliance Program, Carter reached out to his friends at his local high school, The Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio. Once the team was ready, they were partnered with Hamza Ya’au, a welder in the Yelwa Village in Nigeria; they were tasked with designing solutions to problems facing Hamza’s business - a job they approached with gusto. After analyzing Hamza’s business, the students identified one major area of improvement for NEWco Welders: accounting. Seeing that Hamza lacked a concrete financial management system, the team went to work. Through extensive research and financial analysis, the students were able to create a method for Hamza to track and manage his profits and expenses, allowing him to invest more of his time in expanding his business.

Seeing their solution put to action, the students found the drive to further enhance Hamza’s business - this time through product development. After spending hours at the drawing board, the Miami Valley IBAP team created a new design for a gate - one of Hamza’s main products - that was stronger and more unique than competing designs. As soon as the team’s design was introduced to the Yelwa community, Hamza received a large amount of orders; with their innovative work, these students were able to directly affect a change in the lives of many across the world.

However, the IBAP team’s efforts didn’t stop at Hamza; the students also decided to sponsor a growing phone repair business through fundraising efforts. For the past few months, the students have organized various bake sales and weekly doughnut sales at their local high school. Although they were met with struggles, the team persevered, raising an impressive total of one thousand five hundred dollars for their partner business. Moreover, their hard work has also united their community in support of their cause. 

For more information on the young innovators at Leadership Initiatives, please visit lichange.org. Once again, we are honored by your support and are deeply thankful for your help in empowering the future generations.

 

Sincerely,

Marshall and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

_____________________________

Marshall Bailly II
Executive Director
Leadership Initiatives
4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236
Washington, DC  20016
(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221
www.LIchange.org

Brainstorming Ideas
Brainstorming Ideas
Presenting their Work
Presenting their Work
Dec 16, 2015

Businesses in Nigeria Flourish After Years of Hard Work

Dear Treasured Donor,

 

The season of giving is upon us once again; in the spirit of the holidays, we would like to take the chance to express our wholehearted gratitude for your irreplaceable contributions. 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. Although there are many success stories at Leadership Initiatives, however, 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.

The successful M.S computer training program has slowly earned a reputation within the Bauchi State; government agencies and schools have hired their services to provide low-cost training to their government officials, teachers and students. The demand is so high Muhammad and his team have traveled to 14 different areas within the state, providing training to over 200 people this year alone.

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.

If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs, please visit our new 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 prosper. Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this holiday season!

 

Sincerely,

Marshall and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

 

_____________________________

Marshall Bailly II

Executive Director

Leadership Initiatives

4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236

Washington, DC  20016

(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221

www.LIchange.org

Nov 24, 2015

Last Report for Our Amazing Supporters

Umar
Umar's work

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives supporters, 

Because of your continued dedication, Leadership Initiatives has not only survided the rise and slow decline of the Boko Haram in Bauchi in 2015 and become a strong organization. We have moved past the elections that caused uncertinity and violance in the areas we had hoped to grow and become more unitied and determined to transform lives.

Your support has allowed us to reach our project goals and it is with great joy that I can announce we will be retireing this project. 

 

I am honored to say that because of you we are launching 16 new business cerating new jobs and transforming lives which included

Mobile Phones Repairs Business

Power Generator Repairs Business

Wedding Makeup Business

AC & Refrigerator Construction,Installation and Repairs

Catering Business

Installation & Repairs of Satellite Dish Business

Aluminium Windows & Doors Making Business

TV Set Repairs and refurbishing

Automotive Electrical Repair Business

Home made/Local Fragrance Making Business

Tiling Business

Yogurt Making Business

Fattening Business

Vulcanize Business

Cap Making Business

Poultry Business

Because of your support these business will all open in 2016 creating numerous new jobs, transforming lives across Bauchi. I am going to leave you two bios of businesses that will be transforming lives in 2016 and pictures of Umar's Plastor of Paris who because of your support these past few years has created jobs and allowed him to start a family in Bauchi. 

Thank you for tranforming the world with us,

Marshall and the entire LI family

_____________________________

Marshall Bailly II
Executive Director
Leadership Initiatives
4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236
Washington, DC  20016
(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221
www.LIchange.org

 

Mobile Phones Repairs Business

Business Type: Mobile Phones Repairs

Business Owner: Tukur Zubairu

Location: Wunti Market Bauchi

Business Production Capacity: 5-8 phones a day

Number of People Employed: 2

People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 5

Employees’ Children who are attending school: 1

Business Goals: To provide cost effective and efficient phone repair services for the members of the community and to train other young men in phone repairs, as well.

About The Business: Tukur began to learn how to repair phones just after his secondary school education while waiting to get admission into the university. He learned from a friend and has used his skill to repair numerous phones for many people who could not have afforded to repair their phones in other communities. Tukur gives members of his community special considerations. He has been in the Mobile Phone repairs for 2 years now and has been able to help members of his family and some young boys with the skill he has learned and the income he has made over time.

Community Impact:  Members of Tukur’s community have enjoyed subsidized prices for their phone repairs. Tukur has been able to contribute to the upkeep of his siblings and ease the burden off of his parents. 4 young boys have also learned how to repair mobile phones and have been able to give back to their families and communities because of Tukur’s business.

About The Owner: Tukur Zubaru is a 23 year old young man who has always loved to be independent. When he completed his secondary school education, his parents could not afford to pay for his university education, but Tukur never allowed that weigh him down. He heard that a friend of his had begun repairing mobile phones and Turkur immediately joined him to learn. He became very good at it within 3 months.  Tukur has been repairing phones for about 2 years now and he has become a favourite in his community. He has also been able to save up enough money to finance his higher education and help his parents with some of his siblings’ education.

 

Wedding Makeup Business

Business Type: Makeup Beauty Business

Business Owner: Comfort Amos

Location: Railway Road Bauchi

Business Production Capacity: 3-5 wedding/ event make-up a month

Number of People Employed: 1

People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 3

Employees’ Children who are attending school: 2

Business Goals: To become one of the best makeup and beauty businesses in northeastern Nigeria.

About The Business: Comfort began the make-up business as an undergraduate in university. She had always loved to make people look nice. She started out by simply preparing her friends for class, parties, weddings and other events. She was inspired when she read about a female Nigerian business tycoon Tara Fela-durotoye, who is currently making millions from the beauty industry she started just by making up friends, in a magazine. In 2013, Comfort officially turned her knack into a business.

Community Impact: Comfort has been able to train others and some young friends in the same business, and has been able to help with the education of two of her siblings.

About The Owner: Comfort Amos is a 24 year old graduate. She is the first born of her family. She has always been a very creative young lady and her creativity has given her an advantage in her business. She has been able to glamorize quite a number of brides for their weddings and has even travelled to neighbouring states for other brides. Comfort is a very driven young lady and her great and distinctive touch has given her several business referrals from her old clients.

 

Umar finishing a major project
Umar finishing a major project
Umar
Umar's design
Umar and his wife
Umar and his wife
Umar
Umar's children
 
   

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