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Create 100 Jobs in Nigeria during 2018-2019!

by Leadership Initiatives
Create 100 Jobs in Nigeria during 2018-2019!

Dear Treasured Donor,


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. As we look towards the future opportunities for job growth, it’s important to remember the past successes that donations like yours have made possible. Although there are many success stories at Leadership Initiatives, 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.


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.


Your donations make it possible to give both entrepreneurs like Sani and members of his community a steady way to make a living, showing just how crucial your role is in making our goal of creating 100 jobs in the 2018/2019 season a reality. If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs, please visit our website at  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, and especially the business owners we work with, prosper. Wishing you, your friends, and your family the absolute best!



The Leadership Initiatives Family

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

Dear wonderful donor, 

The school year is in full swing and more students than ever are benefiting from the International Business Alliance Program. With your tremendous help, they have the resources necessary to help small businesses all the way in Nigeria. An IBIP student, Joshua Geronimo, explained the amazing impact that the program had on him. 

"I've helped develop 3 business solutions for my business partner, Rabi Sani, who runs a catering business in Bauchi, Nigeria. I've made two new advertising programs for her and helped her create over 7 new buttercream frosting flavors that she can now offer. In return, Leadership Initiatives has given me SAT/ACT training, college essay revisions, and a chance to attend the International Business Leadership Summit(ILBS) during the summer of 2017."

Because of donors like you, Leadership Initiatives is able to positively impact students in the United States and small business leaders in Nigeria by providing them with the necessary tools. 

Once again, thank you for your support, these opportunities would have not been possible without you. 


Your friends at Leadership Initiatives  

Zainab making yogurt
Zainab making yogurt

Dear Awesome Leadership Initiatives Donor,

Due to your tremendous support, more lives are changing for the better each day. It is almost the end of 2018 and we are excited for what the new year will bring. Once again we would have never been able to touch lives around the world without your amazing support. 

I'd like to share with you a story from an IBIP student about her experience with Leadership Initiatives. These experiences could not be possible without your support. 

"My time at Leadership Initiatives began two years ago when I attended the Global Youth Innovators at Initiative at the University of Chicago. During my time spent there, I had my first opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in Nigeria to help them implement solutions into their business so that they could grow and thrive in their communities. Greatly humbled and impassioned by this experience, I chose to form an International Business Internship Program team with four of my most determined classmates/friends. We began working with an ambitious young woman named Zainab, who runs her own yogurt business in Bauchi State, Nigeria. After having the opportunity to meet Zainab through Skype and see, first hand, what a hard-working, dedicated individual she is, my team felt compelled to help her in any way we could. Since then, we have developed a new, consistent recipe for her yogurt drink, created a marketing plan with a business name (Golden Spoon) and logo design, and are currently working to implement these solutions and develop a natural and safe way to preserve her product. The IBIP program has given me the amazing opportunity to make a difference across the globe while simultaneously getting to form authentic relationships with astounding individuals."

This student's connection with Zainab could have not been possible without your help. Due to the growth of her business, Zainab is now attending University. Zainab, like all of our business leaders, is dedicated to helping her community grow through different resources, changing the lives of those around her and generations ahead of her. 

Once again we thank you for taking part in changing lives around the world through your contributions. By supporting us you are helping students gain life-changing experiences and helping people like Zainab create better lives for themselves and those around them. Thank you again for your kindness. 


Your Friends at Leadership Initiatives 


Deborah from Unity Restaurant
Deborah from Unity Restaurant

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donors,

It is halfway through 2018, and our reach keeps expanding rapidly all thanks to those who support us. Due to this tremendous support, we have more IBIP teams and business partners than every before. We could have not done it without your kindness.

Therefore I would like to share a student's story of her experience with her business partner and how your contributions made this interaction possible:

"My journey at Leadership Initiatives began two years ago when I attended the Global Young Innovators, Envision summer program at Emory University. There we were presented with a business from Nigeria which we would help during the entire week and at the end give a presentation of our solutions. Because of my great work here, I was able to start an IBIP team of my own. For the past year and a half, my team has been working with Ms. Deborah and Unity Restaurant, helping her improve the problems presented to us. Some of our solutions that we have been able to give to Ms. Deborah are a new logo, new business cards, new flyers, and re-designed menus. Currently, we are working on improving her delivery system."

From this student helping Deborah and her restaurant, she has been able to expand, and therefore have the resources to help others in her community. All of our business leaders that we partner with are dedicated community leaders who - if helped - will offer jobs and support to other people in their community. This creates a cycle of change that continues to help generations ahead. As long as we give these people the help that they need, they will make sure to use that gift to cause change themselves. 

We thank you again to our donors and supporters because you truly make a big difference in our reach. By supporting us, you are supporting the people of sub-Saharan Africa who are grateful for your contribution. Your generosity has helped us create more job opportunities for both community adults with businesses and orphans. Change can happen anywhere at anytime - and by helping us, you are affecting lives halfway across the world. Thank you again for all that you do.


The Leadership Initiatives Team

Deborah cooking
Deborah cooking



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Location: Washington, DC - USA
Project Leader:
Marshall Bailly
Washington, DC United States
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