Burlington County Chapter
International Business Alliance Program
It is our vision to be part of a positive change in the world, so that regardless of where you live, you can have the opportunity to fully realize your potential and act on it. We plan on combining our collective experiences, knowledge, hard work, and drive to achieve our goals with those of our business partners, creating a beneficial and effective partnership.
By combining our strengths and learning from each other on both sides of the ocean, we plan to work towards innovative solutions for our partners and to develop businesses, giving them the platform to rise to a new level of success. Through the utilization of our ideas, we can better more than a business, but the lives of others, their towns, their country, and ultimately the international community.As a team, we will be dedicated to making this global change a reality.
Our Global Young Innovators Initiative Business Partner
Gimbiya Photo Studio
Gimbiya Photo Studio Statistics
- Business Type: Photo Shop
- Business Owner:Umar Inuwa
- Location: Gimbiya Photo Studio, Bayara, Bauchi state
- Business Production Capacity: Between 400 – 600 print jobs in a month.
- Number of People Employed: 4
- People Directly Benefitting from the Business: 12
- Employees’ Children who are attending school: 6
To build a photo studio that will be number one in the Bayara community and that will produce employment opportunities for other members of the communityStory of the business
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, and participated in the computer literacy training which LI gave in collaboration with CYDI (Challenge Your Disability Initiative).
Umar then completed a Leadership Initiatives intensive business creation course where he learned the principles of business management, further developed his idea for a photo business, gained skills in digital editing and was able to garner investor support to create a digital photo studio. After LI’s training Umar 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.Community Impact:
This business was the first photo studio in the Bayara community. Due to the location, discounted pricing, and Umar’s knowledge of the passport and government ID programs, Umar has been able to help multiple individuals obtain their passports and other government ID’s to get new jobs within Nigeria and the world.
Umar’s business has also grown significantly due to his ability to create wedding albums using his digital editing software, giving families in his community a chance to purchase affordable wedding photos and albums capturing one of the most memorable times of their lives.
The Gimbiya Photo Studio has created jobs and sends children to school; and Umar, along with his employees, care for local orphans and provide skills training to help make a stronger, happier and brighter Bayara community.
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