Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion Program
- Number of Businesses Assisted with Expansion since 2013 8
- Number of People Employed: 47
- Location: Nigeria
- People Directly Benefiting from the Businesses: 294
- Employees’ Children who are attending or have attended school: 121
Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion Program Purpose: To train Leadership Initiatives best business leaders in advanced business management skills so they can expand their business to multiple sites (program expands 2 to 5 businesses per year).
Business Expansion Program Outline:
- Assist L.I. business leaders in expanding to new sites or markets.
- Select participants to undergo a 3 month training course. Classes are three to four nights a week for 2 to 2.5 hours with weekend classes.
- Prepare selected business owners with advanced principles of business management, accounting, community planning, project management, fundraising, budgeting, advertising and networking.
- Identify new communities and markets to which their businesses can expand.
- Coordinate a plan of action and create a business project proposal with the help of local business owners, leaders, universities, businesses, NGO’s, and municipalities.
- Approach local businesses and donors to help finance the businesses initiatives. Funds raised locally are often then matched by LI.
- Provide skills training for the next three to six months to ensure that they have the necessary business acumen to run and operate the businesses they are creating. Skilled trainers are brought in from neighboring states or countries to train the new business owners and their employees in that trade.
- Support each new business with local LI offices staffed with trained, in-country personnel who will work with each business initiative to ensure that they have all the necessary training, equipment and community support to ensure their business succeeds. Quarterly progress reports are then submitted to both local offices and L.I. headquarters for comparative documentation.
Learn how students from across the globe are helping these businesses solve development problems they are facing.
Business Expansion Program Benefits:
- Help communities that are currently underserved by mainstream international development programs learn how to utilize local resources and build upon their own infrastructure.
- Fund the expansion of two to five new businesses a year in each community, providing both their community and surrounding communities with much needed services and jobs.
- Improve access to Vital services in communities while improving individual standards of living.
- Create an ever-expanding cycle of economic and personal growth, where community participants learn and teach others.
- Develop models for similar initiatives in surrounding regions. This creates solutions that build upon themselves instead of creating temporary solutions that depend on outside support.
- forge the connections necessary to solve local problems using existing community resources. In this process, we train a new generation of innovative, resourceful leaders poised to catapult their neighborhoods, regions, and nations forward.
Real World Example
Faisal Sa’ad Car Mechanic Business Owner
Faisal is the first of 10 children in his family. Two years ago, his father passed away and since then Faisal has taken on the responsibility of taking care of his mother and siblings. He is currently married and has a 7 month old son of his own. Three of his siblings are in SS3 (final year in high school), and the other seven are in primary school. Faisal finances the education of all of his siblings, pays the rent for their house, and provides money for them to live off of through the money he makes with his car repair business. He even opened a little business for his mother to sell household provisions and foodstuffs, enabling her to make at least some money for herself.
Faisal has always had a flair for car mechanics. He told his father this, and his father took him to a car mechanic to be trained as an apprentice, starting his work when he was in Primary 4 (4th year in Elementary school). Every day after school and on weekends he would go to the workshop to work and be trained. After doing this for 11 years, he opened up his own workshop in 2012.
Faisal applied to become part of Leadership Initiatives’ Business Creation Program in order to receive additional training on how to repair automobiles. He bought the basic tools needed for his startup with N16,000 (about $99), the money he had saved from his 11 years of work and from his first community investor (his mother). Over the past two years, Faisal has worked to build and expand his business and in 2014 Faisal joined Leadership Initiatives’ Expansion Program. He will now open up a mobile car mechanic site and over the course of the year employ 15 people ranging from 12 – 26 years old.