Oceanside High School
International Business Alliance Program
The vision of our IBAP group is to come up with creative and practical solutions to problems faced by our business partner in Nigeria. We meet together multiple times a week to work on the problems our business partner faces and skype Marshall Baily about our progress in the program. We plan to come up with solutions our business partner can easily implement at an affordable price while simultaneously growing their business. We are the IBAP Program at Oceanside High School and this is our vision.
Our Global Young Innovators Initiative Business Partner
Birshi Fish Farming Group
Birshi Fish Farming Group Statistics
- Business Type:Fish Farm
- Business Owner:Sani Abdu
- Location:Birshi Village, Bauchi State Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity:About 2500 fish per harvest. 2 Harvests per Year
- Number of People Employed:12
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 32
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:24
Story of the Business:
a Sani Abdu was born in 1967 in Birshi village. He is married to three wives and has thirteen (13) children. For most of his life, he has worked as a subsistence farmer in Birshi village.
In the past, he was barely able to provide enough for his large family, however, with his involvement in the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program he is now able to more than provide for his loved ones.
As a community leader and subsistence farmer, Sani was well known and a mentor within his community. He had ideas about how he could improve the life of not only his family but also his community members by creating a fish farming initiative within his community. While this idea was possible, his small community lacked the resources and business acumen to create one.
When Leadership Initiatives came to his community in 2008, Sani pushed to become part of the program and prove how his idea for local fish farming could make local food stuffs affordable for his surrounding community. He also knew that his idea could alleviate the vitamin deficiencies his children and community members were facing.
After months of business management training, refining his idea for a local fish farm, and working to build support among his local community, Leadership Initiatives was able to find funding for his Fish Farming Initiative. Once funding was provided, Sani, his partners, and an enthusiastic staff underwent intensive training on how to properly run a fish farm By 2009 Sani finished his training and officially opened up his communities first fish farming business.
Today Sani’s fish farm provides employment for 12 individuals, 32 family members of Sani and his employees. Prior to LI’s intervention, sending his children to school was a fading dream. Now seven of Sani’s children attend school along 17 of his employees children. What was once a fading dream has become a reality, inspiring hope and paving the way for new goals among his entire community.
After being advised about the widespread health risk and problems associated with Vitamin B deficiencies, local business leaders decided to establish a fish farm. As a result, the availability of Vitamin B has improved significantly and sources of affordable, nutritious foods have become readily available, thus leading to an overall healthier community.
In addition, unemployment rates have been reduced, community members have been inspired to open new businesses to augment income from other occupations such as subsistence farming, which, in the past, was there only source of livelihood.