Gimbiya Photo Studio

A microproject by Leadership Initiatives
Gimbiya Photo Studio
Gimbiya Photo Studio
Gimbiya Photo Studio
Gimbiya Photo Studio
Gimbiya Photo Studio
Gimbiya Photo Studio


Umar Inuwa wants to help local businesses succeed by creating and elevating their ability to market themselves to local communities, he also wants to allow families to create affordable wedding invitations, photo albums and produce more educational materials for the Bauchi community through his photo shop business. What is most important about all of this though, is he wants to do this by hiring a staff of disabled individuals giving them work for the first time.

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The project will solve the commonly held belief that disabled individuals cannot hold down jobs or learn complex skills and must be regulated to beggar status and be fully dependent on their families. Disabled community leaders will undertake extensive computer training session and receive a personal computer with basic business and financial training as part of the program. Local business leaders will then invest/support the creation of a local print shop.


Leadership Initiatives will teach photo editing skills to local leaders with a wide range of physical limitations. The graduates of this project will open their communities first print shop that will split from the previous print and photo shop created from past microprojects. This project will fight the severe social stigmas that come with being disabled in Northern Africa and become a beacon to those with disabilities that they can hold jobs and own business with hard work and determination

Long-Term Impact

Develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities. Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.


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Organization Information

Leadership Initiatives

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Project Leader:
Khalifa Lawan
Programs Manager - Nigeria
bauchi city, bauchi Nigeria

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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