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In this report, Leadership Initiatives would like to introduce one of our Leadership Initiative’s Business Owners- Abdulhadi.  Abdulhadi's life changed forever about 6 years ago, when he came across LI Business Alliance Program. He was one of the first beneficiaries on the Tailoring skill acquisition program of IBAP. Since then, Abdulhadi’s life has been dramatically influenced and totally changed by LI’s direct impact on him and indirect impact on his family, friends and his community at large.

Abdulhadi is the first born of his family and the breadwinner since his father’s death. He has sponsored Himself and all his siblings in school from the income he makes from his business. He has also made tremendous impact in his community as his business employs about 20 people; who work as apprentice with the business. Some of those people include orphans, secondary school students; undergraduate and even university graduates who wanted to learn the tailoring skill and business.

Abdulhadi has built a strong reputation and a good name for himself within the community because of the number of jobs he provides. He is proud to be a part of LI and seeks to provide great opportunities for people in his community, the way LI has done for him.

Because of you, there are more jobs, orphans cared for and opportunities for communities in Nigeria. You can learn more at www.lichange.org or view the program pamphlet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Hamza's welding business. 

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!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

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Auwal
Auwal's Shop

Dear Astonishing Leadership Initiatives donor,

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!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family
Auwal Practicing His Writing Skills
Auwal Practicing His Writing Skills

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Rabiu
Rabiu's Electrical Shop

Dear Astonishing Leadership Initiatives donor,

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. 

Rabiu, Electircal Shop Owner

Rabiu received his training as an electrician from his father and then started his own business with just N3,500 and a few tools. All he had was a hammer, a pair of pliers, a tester, a screwdriver, and a bending spring. In 2013 he had a struggling business but was a pillar of the community often doing electrical work pro-bono while trying to make ends meet.

In the winter of 2013 Rabiu became part of the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program and learned business management, accounting and project timeline completion plans to improve his business through LI-sponsored night classes.

With support from Leadership Initiatives, Rabiu was able to acquire investors to improve his business so he could finally afford actual electrical tools, and received additional electrical training so he could work to restore his community’s failing infrastructure. As Rabiu's business grew, so did his reputation allowing him and his team to begin venturing into English speaking parts of his community to grow his client base.

In the fall of 2014 Rabiu and his team began basic English and literacy training. Because of this Rabiu and his team have been able to open up a whole new sector of employment for his business through basic greetings and translation cards so parties who do not speak the same langauge can agree on a price for services needed. 

Today, because of the business training he received, his new skill set, literacy training and new tools to do additional electrical work, the Rabiu Electrical Shop is thriving while also rebuilding his communities infrastruce literally bringing a light to his friends family and neighbors. 

You can learn more at www.LIIBAP.org or view the program pamplet and benefits sheet attached along with our highlighted business partner Rabiu's Electrical Shop.

If you would like to learn more about our IBAP program or their business partners 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!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

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Dear Leadership Initiatives donors,

This report is to let you know just some of the good that your donation is letting Leadership Initiatives do. Leadership Initiatives has just completed it's latest Business Expansion Program and will begin it's fall Business Creation Program in two weeks helping to grow successful businesses across northern Nigeria. 

Because of you! We will be adding a new English Literacy component, that will help business owners expand their services to new markets by working with them to translate their work through basic English speaking and literacy training.

Over the past decade Leadership Initiatives Business Creation programs have created over 54 businesses in the fields of agricultural, biology/microbiology, computer science, information technology and vocational skills. 

The businesses created utilize community resources and promote sustainable development across their respective villages, towns and cities. The objective of our business creation and expansion programs is to utilize the energy, idealism and ingenuity of community leaders and cultivate an entrepreneurial approach to mitigate obstacles to development. 
Below is the story of one our leaders who just completed our Business Expansion Program, so you can see the leaders you are helping to create!

Umar The Photography Shop Owner.
Umar started to learn about the photography business in 1997 when he worked as an apprentice, and started a one-man analog photo shop in 2000. Umar came across LI in 2008 where he participated in the computer literacy training that LI gave in collaboration with CYDI (Challenge Your Disability Initiative).

Umar then underwent Leadership Initiatives’ intensive business creation course where he learned the principles of business management, further developed his idea for a photo business, and gained skills in digital editing. He was able to garner investor support to create a digital photo studio. In 2000 he started the photo studio with an analog camera, but after LI’s training he closed his old analog shop and opened a new digital studio. The training and expertise he acquired from being a part of the LI/CYDI computer literacy program has helped him build his business and to move from the use of analog to digital system. Because of this new digital system, Umar’s business has increased ten-fold allowing him to hire 3 local employees and transform their lives.

This new business has made his job easier and more profitable. His business profits allowed him the opportunity to further his education from the Primary level to a Diploma in Computer Literacy with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

Today Umar Inuwa is a 33 year old father of three small children; one of his daughters is in primary school while the other two are still too small to attend school. As a father and an eldest child himself, he has shouldered a great deal of responsibility in his family.

Presently, he provides financial support for about 15 people (mostly children) with the profits from his business. He lives with his father and his father’s family in addition to his own wife, three children and several orphans who he has taken under his roof. He is responsible for food, clothing, health care and schooling. He lives in an eight bedroom house with his family, which he and his father are working together to buy. They have started making payments and will soon own the house.

If you would like to learn more about Umar, the Business Creation Program, or any of the other LI programs, 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 amazing people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Autumn!

 
Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

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Marshall Bailly

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