Because of you Leadership Initiatives has added a new English Literacy component to our business training programs, that will help business owners and their co-workers expand their services to new markets by working with them to translate their work through basic English speaking and literacy training.
I want to take a moment and highlight one individual who has undergone this training and what it means to our programs.
The son of a fisherman and a tailor, Auwal’s parents always had high expectations for him. Auwal lived in Maiduguri, Borno state before the Boko Haram crisis began. Because of the terrorism crisis, his parents slowly lost their financial standing due to less tourism and trade with their state, and could not afford to finance Auwals’ education beyond the primary level. Eventually, he and 8 of his siblings left Maiduguri for Bauchi to seek a better life and job opportunities.
Auwal was taken in by a relative in Bauchi where he was allowed to train as a motorcycle repair apprentice. After working there for years and saving money between himself and his family members to open up his own shop he was ready to strike out on his own.
In 2013 Auwal became part of the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program where he learned business management skills, motorcycle repair training and with LI’s help found additional local funding to get his repair shop off the ground.
His business has quickly taken off attracting business as a repair shop and one day soon Auwal hopes to also sell motorcycles as well. As the 5th born of 17 in his family Auwal has taken it upon himself to provide for his brothers and sisters, he currently assists all 7 of his siblings living with or near him in Bauchi State and sends money and other gifts to his parents and siblings still living in Maidiguri.
Because of the support Auwal’s siblings in Bauchi have become carpenters, painters, tailors and brick-layers making both of his parents proud and grateful of Auwal success and devotion to helping his family grow.
You can learn more at www.lichange.org or view the program pamphlet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Auwal Motorcycle Workshop.
If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs please visit our new website at www.lichange.org. There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner!
Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand wonderful people like you better!
Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Holiday Season!
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