Woodstock Union High School
International Business Alliance Program
Our mission is to improve the lives of others around the world through building a relationship with business owners and our community. We will work together to enhance the economic well being of small companies in Nigeria. Our leadership group meets approximately once a week to discuss our goals and plans. We are a close-knit group of friends who enjoy helping others and using our leadership skills to better the world we live in.
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Irrigation Farming Statistics
- Business Type:Irrigation Farm
- Business Owner:Muhammadu Shehu
- Location:Wuro Goggo, a village in Bauchi State Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity:2 harvest per year
- Number of People Employed:3
- People Directly Benefiting from the Business: 22
- Employees’ Children who are attending school:5
Story of the Business:
The business started when Muhammadu inherited a small farm from his father. Irrigation farming has been a family business for them for generations. After joining the Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion Program, Muhammadu brought in community investment to grow his irrigation farm and expand into new trades. After several months of training he graduated from LI’s business training course, and then undertook LI’s skills training course to ensure he mastered the skills needed for cow herding and managing a larger farm with new foods. With the profits from the irrigation farming, he began to fatten cows- which also provided him and his large family with additional income. Muhammadu cares for 19 children of various family members who have either passed away or can no longer work. All the children are fed, clothed and sheltered from the income he makes from his farm. Though Muhammadu never had any formal education, he is determined to see to it that the children in his care do. Of the 19 children, two(2) are in secondary school, three (3) in primary, one (1) just finished his secondary school and one (1) is in a higher institution. Unlike other farmers who only farm during the raining season, Muhammadu’s farm has three harvests each year.
His family, neighbors and the members of the Bayara community have benefited from Muhammadu’s irrigation farming, as they are provided continuously with free farm vegetables and fruit that would have been costly to purchase at the town’s market.
Muhammadu’s neighbors have also been positively affected, as they too have been provided with nutritious food. The money saved due to Muhammadu’s generosity even allowed some to purchase more household items or send children to school.
Muhammadu’s irrigation farming provides low-cost high-value food for his community and creates jobs for three people who are able to provide for their families and send their children to school because of their employment.
Muhammadu, or “Kawu” as he is fondly called, is a hero to his community as he helps the community of Bayara meet their basic needs year in and year out.