Marian Catholic High School
International Business Alliance Program
It is our mission to make an impact in our own community and communities across the globe. We aim to put all of our efforts and abilities into helping the Nigerian economy through our work with this business. In working with Muhammadu Shehu’s irrigation farm, we hope to not only improve our leadership and critical thinking skills, but also to fulfill the objectives of the business to the best of our ability.
We plan to assist in solving the challenges that the business we are paired with is facing in order to allow it to continue its broad and life-changing community outreach. Through Leadership Initiatives, we will gain priceless knowledge of other cultures, and learn how to be an effective leader in our hometowns. We are very happy to be working with an irrigation farm because farming is the basis of all civilization and it is so extremely important to modern life.
We believe that by correcting the issues within this business, not only will Muhammadu’s farm profit, but also the community will continue to prosper. Farming is something that is exceptionally important to people all over the globe and Muhammadu Shehu is determined to provide fresh produce to the people of Nigeria.
Our Global Young Innovators Initiative Business Partner
Irrigation Farming Statistics
- Business Type: Irrigation Farm
- Business Owner:Muhammadu Shehu
- Location: Wuro Goggo, Bauchi State, Nigeria
- Business Production Capacity: Two harvest per year
- Tomato:About 10 to 15 baskets per harvest
- Pepper:About 8 to 10 bags per harvest
- Spinach:About 9 to 12 baskets per harvest
- Red Pepper:About 10 to 15 baskets per harvest
- Cassava:About 11 to 16 bags per harvest
- Banana:About 5 to 7 bags per harvest
- Onions:About 10 to 13 bags per harvest
- Number of People Employed: 3
- People Directly Benefitting from the Business: 22
- Employees’ Children who are attending school: 5
To be the number one irrigation farming business in the Bayara community, that will provide the food supply of the local community at an affordable price, meeting the daily demands of the people.
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.
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