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Apr 8, 2019

Young Leaders Making a Difference

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 Muhammad, a computer expert in Bauchi who provides repair and education services for his community.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into Muhammad 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 “James Madison 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 Muhammad. 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

Apr 5, 2019

Falilat's Soap Business

Dear outstanding donor, 

Your support has allowed us to continue to foster the creation of small businesses in Nigeria that have impacted communities in ways unimaginable. We would like to share Falilat's inspiring story with you. 

Passionate about her work, Falilat strives to provide the best service to her clients with quality-
controlled products and prompt delivery. Although many members of the community rely on her
services on a day-to-day basis, Falilat never disappoints. In addition to providing much-needed soaps,
Falilat seeks to improve the lives of others; she currently has 1 employ who is a member of her local
community and seeks to help even more.

Falilat is a hardworking mother of four. She studied chemistry at her local university, where she
placed special focus on the chemistry of soaps. Driven by her newfound knowledge, she decided to open
up her own soap production business in 2015. Falilat heard about LI through a friend and decided that LI
was the missing piece to her business. For the last three years of business, Falilat has been widely
successful, allowing her to provide her children with a strong education.

Falilat makes liquid soap that can be used to wash plates, cars, clothes and any dirty surface; her
products are designed for use in households, hospitals, and even offices. Falilat has established
partnerships with many local hospitals and offices, supplying them with soap and detergent on a regular
basis. Rising demand among communities has also helped Falilat expand her distribution to individuals
seeking quality liquid soaps. LI has helped Falilat by providing her with funds when she first opened her
business, as well as, stickers and flyers. Those funds enabled her to expand her business and hire an
employee. Aside from physical objects, LI gives Falilat motivation to set new goals and to achieve them.

Once again, thank you for your continued support. Together we are all making a positive impact that is sure to last for generations.

Best Wishes,

Your friends at LI

Mar 11, 2019

Happy International Women's Day!

Dear Tremendous Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors, 

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, we celebrate all women around the world who strive to combat stereotypes, find solutions for their communities’ biggest ailments, and transform the lives of those around them. Here at Leadership Initiatives, there is no shortage of women entrepreneurs who promote significant change through their work, regardless of what it may be. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of one businesswomen in particular who exemplifies what we stand for at Leadership Initiatives.

Rabi, a twenty-year-old entrepreneur in Bauchi State, Nigeria, has achieved much despite her young age. At Leadership Initiatives, hopeful individuals with drive and ambition are welcome at any age -- age has never been a bulwark for those who truly have power to benefit their entire communities. Rabi operates her catering company in a community heavily critical of female ingenuity, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her business goals. Rabi manages to simultaneously balance school and work, using her profits from her catering towards her tuition. Through her collaboration with students from the International Business Internship Program, Rabi has drastically expanded her business. This expansion has enabled her to both bring her delicious cooking to more customers and hire more female employees to spur this growth, allowing Rabi to slowly undermine her community’s stigma against working women.

Rabi perfectly encapsulates the ways in which your donations can help the expansion of businesses and women’s rights across the planet. Without your generosity, Rabi’s dreams for business expansion and gender equality would never have been fulfilled. Your donations allow Rabi and other like-minded individuals cause impactful change in their communities, lifting those around them at the same time. No matter how large, magnanimous donations like yours provide the necessary foundation for this social, economic, and cultural growth. At Leadership Initiatives, we’d like to thank you again for your belief in our values and mission. After all, history shows that a single person can bring an avalanche of change, impacting others for generations to come.

 

Happy International Women’s Day from Leadership Initiatives!

Thank you again,

Leadership Initiatives

 
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