Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria

by Leadership Initiatives
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Create 20 Community Owned Businesses In Nigeria
Shehu Gagare feeding fish
Shehu Gagare feeding fish

Dear Cherished Donor,

Leadership Initiatives is continuing to provide Nigerian business owners with the resources necessary to expand their businesses and provide new opportunities for their community. LI would not be able to do this without your tremendous support. These new businesses are allowing the younger generation to go to school and continue the cycle of positive change that you are helping initiate. 

Fish farmers are just one of the many business partners that LI is working with in Nigeria. Through LI's help, local fish farmers are able to provide their community with nutrient dense food and also employ local community members. Family members of the owners are also able to attend school now and pursue better lives. Right now Shenu Gagare has more than 20 people directly benefiting from his business. 

Because of wonderful people like you, LI is able to transform lives across the world by providing people with opportunities and connecting minds to create change. This change goes a long way and will affect future generations. Once again we would like to thank you for your fantastic support.

All the best,

Your friends at Leadership Initiatives 

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Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Today has marked the beginning of the first YDP summer program for 2018! We have a great group of students ready to learn and do amazing things in our Law program. Therefore, Leadership Initiatives would like to thank all of our supporters and students for making this experience possible. We could not do it without you. 

In preparation for the summer programs and especially the International Businees and Leadership Summit, I would like to share a story from one of our students solutions:

"My experience with Leadership Initiatives all started at the Global Young Innovators Initiatives summer program. Before I attended this program, I couldn’t imagine that I would be working with an auto repair business located in Bauchi State, Nigeria, a town that has been attacked by Boko Haram. As a 16 year old kid who failed my only attempt to change a tire, I could not imagine I would be giving auto repair advice to Faisal Sa’ad, a man who had been working in this field his whole life. Not only was I able to give him advice, but my innovative solutions actually became a reality for my business partner. From this, I was invited to lead a team for International Business Internship Program (IBIP), that uses first-world students with easy access to technology to make a difference across the globe. Upon accepting the invitation, I agreed to create a team willing to make a two-year commitment.

Over the last year, our team has given instructions on timing belt replacement, inserting the stabilizer linkage, and inserting the driving shaft. In addition, we helped the business maximize profits, create a logo, and proposed advertising. My team has been able to improve Faisal’s business, and I hope that I can keep helping him grow his business even more in the future."

From these student solutions, we are able to create change in a vast amount of businesses located in Nigeria. This empowerment of businesses increases the infrastructure of the area and helps develop the city to prosper with the business owners acting as community leaders. If we are the catalyst to grow these businesses then they are able to help other individuals in their community by offering them a paying job or appointing apprentices. 

I would like to thank our supporters again, because we could truly not make this happen without your support for us and for what we stand for. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is going to help make international change in Nigeria. Thank you again!

Best,

The Leadership Initiatives Team

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Dear Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

As the school year comes to an end, I would like to celebrate the wonderful job that all of the high school students have been doing to help their Nigerian business partners. The dedication to their projects is inspiring to everyone. As the summer programs come up, it is exciting to think about all of the new and old students coming to help change lives! In honor of this, here is a personal story from one of our interns, Sarah, on how her life has changed because of the programs:

“My time at Leadership Initiatives begin two years ago, when I attended the Global Youth Innovators at Initiative at 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 make a difference across the globe while simultaneously getting to form authentic relationships with astounding individuals.”

We are so proud of our students, and thank you all for sharing in our cause to change lives. Your journey with us is much appreciated. I deeply thank you for the gratitude you have all shown us in the past, and I hope you continue to support us in the future! 

If you would like to learn more about our upcoming programs, please visit bethechangenow.org!

 

Thanks,

Leadership Initiatives

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Dear Valued Leadership Initiative Donor,

Over the summer at the International Leadership Business Summit, many students across America met at Georgetown University to help create innovative solutions for business owners in Nigeria. With the support of various mentors and the Leadership Initiatives team, the students created some outstanding projects; therefore, many were funded and are now in the testing and implementation stage over in Bauchi. Most of these students were from the International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) who work extensively with their own business partners throughout the year, in addition to the summer program. 

At this program, students worked with a wedding makeup business to solve their main issues: ways of comparing client’s skin tone with desired or required make-up for effective outcome, advertising, and ways to mangage finances. The students definitely did not disappoint in creating effective solutions for the client. Instead of competing to have the best project, students split up into teams and worked on an individual solution to maximize the benefit of their work. 

From the presentations, the students collaborated to set up a finance system with charts that help the owner track short and long term benefits. They also worked with cheap but quality makeup brands to find more cost effective foundations that will fit every color of skin. This is a huge step in the owner's selection; her variety of foundations have been increased from three to over nine shades to accomdate for more diversity. Lastly, the students came up with an quality advertisement plan by creating a sleek logo and finding new ways to gain new clientele and loyal customers. All of these solutions are in the process of review to be funded, but will greatly help the owner if implemented. The dedication of these students is the reason why these owners prosper and grow.

These solutions and ideas are only possible because of your generous donations to the people of Nigeria. We appreciate the support in our endeavors and the students as they find solutions to help grow businesses. Not only are we grateful, but the business owners are too for your faith in them. You are changing the world and the lives of these people. We will continue to strive to empower these businesses so they may lead their communities and set an example for those around them. Thank you again.

 

Thanks,

Leadership Initiatives Team

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Dear committed Leadership Initiatives donor,

My name is Ashley and throughout the last year and a half I have worked with the International Business Internship Program and Business Summit to improve communities in Nigeria. I attended the Business Summit this summer in Washington, D.C where my team worked with Muhammad, the owner of an irrigation farm, to solve the business’s major challenges. With the help of my team and many mentors like Simon Limage, Former-Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs at State Department and Sarah C. Stiles, a professor at Georgetown University, my team and I were able to solve 3 problems facing our partners farm. At the end of the Business Summit, we presented our solutions to a panel of judges which included professionals like Ahmed S. Mohammed, the Director of Talent Acquisition, Dartmouth College and Stella Onuoha, a United States Ambassador.

As a result of your generous donations, the LI team is able to continue helping Nigerian business partners similar to Muhammad and his farm. The farm has been in his family for generations and was recently inherited by Muhammad. With the help of his children, Muhammad is able to run his 1 hectare land focusing on 3 major crops: onions, peppers and casava.

Muhammad’s farm supplies fresh produce to regular customers and additional members of his communities through both a market in Bauchi State and his farm in Wuro Goggo, Nigeria. Muhammad regularly bikes to the popular market in order to sell his produce and to promote his farm. Through these profits he makes each month, he returns the majority back into seeds and other supplies for the farm. Muhammad also uses the revenue to support his multiple children and extended family. This summer, my team and I proposed solutions to address Muhammad’s major problems in order to increase seasonal profits and productivity. As mentioned by our team member Rachel, “this program means more to us than just coming up with solutions, it's about helping Muhammad better support his family”. Nearly 30 people in Wuro Goggo already depend on his farm for food and many more once our approved solutions are implemented.

On behalf of the LI Change family and Muhammad, I would like to thank you for your charitable donations and for giving us the opportunity to assist a growing business. Through your contributions LI will be able to benefit many other businesses similar to Muhammad’s farm and continue to have a positive impact on the surrounding communities. To read about more stories like Muhammad’s, you can access other teams and projects through the new Leadership Initiatives website at liempower.org.

Sincerely,

The Leadership Initiative Team

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