Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,
By creating simple and innovative solutions, high school students have been able to make an inimitable impact on different businesses in Nigeria. This summer, bright students from Leadership Initiative’s IBAP program gathered at Georgetown University to tackle the problems that different businesses were facing.
JAFI Security, a security business based in Nigeria, was one of those businesses that benefited from the students who worked to strengthen their defense system against the attacks of Boko Haram at a valued university. The company's problems were rooted in communication error; therefore, the students figured out that a system of walkie talkies and code words would be the most effective to respond faster in the event of an attack. This system of walkie talkies is currently being tested in phases within the company, but it already has "made a significant impact" on "reducing the gap of communication" between workers to supervisors in those test groups. Although preliminary testing will not be finished until the end of October, the owners of JAFI Security are "so excited" about this development and cannot wait to "see the long term effects" of this "life-changing" project for them. Even though only this singular solution has been tested so far, the owners cannot wait until the students return to t hesummer program to help create more solutions.
To see the lives of these people enriched with excitement and vigor truly shows the power of what one person can do. This is why Leadership Initiatives was created - to inspire and promote progress in people that do not have the same opportunities as others. High school students can change the world - if they have the necessary tools to be the catalyst for that change.
It is amazing to see how such a small idea from teenagers can change the lives of people across the globe. If we allow students to continue to cultivate a better future for others, their imagination will surely make a difference in those people that they work with.
I just want to say thank you again to all of our wonderful donors because you allow our programs to prosper and expand to change more lives. Your generosity allows Leadership Initiatives to the fund student solutions in the IBAP and summer programs and implement them into the business. Our business leaders in Nigeria have benefited so much from the student's work that they are now able to reach out to other people in their community and empower them. Thank you so much for believing in Leadership Initiatives and the students from our programs. You are making a difference in the lives of those working in JAFI Security and others within our program!
If you would like to check out more stories like JAFI Security's, please visit liempower.org.
For one week I was granted an amazing opportunity to attend the Leadership Initiatives Business Summit at Georgetown University. During that week, we collaborated in groups that were made up of between 3-4 students and proposed solutions to struggling businesses in Nigeria to help increase their profits. At the conclusion of the week, my peers and I observed as each team presented their ideas to a panel of judges, which included LI representatives. One group presentation addressed the problems facing a small orphanage in Nigeria.
The main problem the team of students worked on during the week was addressing the orphans lack of materials. The children in the orphanage range from ages 6-11 years old and are still learning basic skills. In addition to the orphans young age, it is also very difficult for teachers and those assisting in the orphanage to effectively teach the students if they do not have the necessary resources to get a strong education. The LI students came up with a learning book that would assist the students in basic skills such as writing, the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes. The LI students emphasized the importance of repetition, tracing, and color association which is essential in all children learning criteria in order to be successful. The book would also be written in the orphan’s native language, but teach the student english as well. One aspect of the LI team’s book layout that was truly spectacular and perfect for the orphanage was the design of the front cover. The students created a cover page that would have a picture, in color, of the students face and name; the cover would say “This book belongs to:”. This idea was a perfect fit for the orphanage as many of the children lack a sense of belonging and ownership. In addition to a sense of ownership, it would also give the orphans a deeper connection to their education if they have a specific book that belongs to them.
With your help, the orphans are able to continue their apprenticeships, which allows them to master specific skills in order for them to successfully integrate into society, while also earning set wages. This also allows the orphans to be active participants and contributors to their communities. As a direct result of generous donations, the LI team is able to help hundreds of small developing businesses and improve communities throughout Nigeria.
The LI Change team
Dear committed Leadership Initiatives donor,
Students that attended the International Business Summit this year at Georgetown University, worked with a series of professionals and mentors to solve problems facing small, developing businesses in Nigeria. One team, made up of 5 students, worked collaboratively throughout the week to help a catering business owned by a young woman named Rabi. Rabi is 20 years old and graduated from secondary school just three years ago. She works at her catering business six days a week to provide for her four siblings and both her parents.
The team of students decided to focus on 3 main problems: Financial management, new recipes, and advertising. Their first focus was creating a way for Rabi to keep track of her income, expenses, and profits. The team created 3 spreadsheets to keep track of her financials, where each spreadsheet would target a specific financial category. For example, there was one spreadsheet for all the money Rabi spends, another for all the money she makes from selling pastries and the last spreadsheet was for profits. All these sheets would be printed out and put in a binder for organization. The next problem that the team addressed was finding new recipes for Rabi to add to her menu. The group of students created both digital copies and hard copies of the recipes and techniques , therefore Rabi would have easy access to them. The team even found video tutorials to ensure Rabi understood each step of the recipes. The last problem the team solved was they needed a method to attract new customers as all Rabi’s current customers only knew of her business by “word of mouth”. The team decided to design business cards and a banner to catch the eye of customers as they walk by. One of the team's most creative idea was to create a customer feedback survey, where people who buy pastries from Rabi would volunteer to fill out a form asking about the service and in return they would acquire a free pastry.
Rabi works hard everyday in order to support her large family. Rabi learned how to cook from her older sisters when she was younger and as a result, Rabi would like to help train young women in her community to cook in the future. Like all of Leadership Initiatives’ business owners, Rabi is incredibly grateful for this experience and is excited for the changes that will be implemented in her business. Thank you for your charitable donations as they have contributed to the progress the LI Team and business partners have made so far. If you would like to read more stories like Rabi’s, check them out at liempower.org.
The Leadership Initiative Team