Leadership Initiatives: Who We Are
Leadership Initiatives (LI) approaches the problems of underdevelopment by empowering communities to address their own needs.
LI partners with local government and business leaders to provide promising individuals with entrepreneurial, leadership and project management training. These young
leaders then identify obstacles to development within their own communities, design workable solutions,
and create sustainable business models to overcome those obstacles.
In the short term: Local leaders create sustainable solutions to existing community problems.
In the long term: Leadership Initiatives develops resourceful generations of leaders poised to empower entire nations.
Empowering Communities Worldwide: The Story of Leadership Initiatives
Over the past decade Leadership Initiatives Business Creation programs have created over 54 businesses in the fields of agricultural, biology/microbiology, computer science, information technology and vocational skills.
The businesses created utilize community resources and promote sustainable development across their respective villages, towns and cities. The objective of our business creation and expansion programs is to utilize the energy, idealism and ingenuity of community leaders and cultivate an entrepreneurial approach to mitigate obstacles to development.
Learn the story of how Leadership Initiatives was started and how all of this is possible!
Leadership Initiatives First Fish Farming Success Story Told By The People of Birshi
Erratic rainfall over the course of several years left farmers in the once-thriving village of Birshi with drastically reduced harvests. Many of the villagers were suffering from malnutrition, including severe vitamin B deficiencies, and the village infrastructure had deteriorated due to a lack of resources with which to make repairs. Leadership Initiatives saw in Birshi an opportunity to help subsistence farmers become business owners with the skills and resources necessary to develop a cash crop which would remain unaffected by drought.
Leadership Initiatives interviewed 35 farmers to become part of its 2009 business creation program and accepted 5 who went on to take an intensive business training course to learn how to own and operate a business.
Learn how these men forever transformed their lives and the lives of their community and family members.
Leadership Initiatives – Skills Acquisition
In the community of Yelwan Makaranta, as in most of Bauchi City and throughout Bauchi State, the vast majority of the population is made up of petty traders. Without specialized skills or training most individuals have little opportunity to achieve even the most basic elements of economic independence. Leadership Initiatives saw the high rate of unemployment among young adults in Yelwan Makaranta as an opportunity to infuse the neighborhood with sorely needed skills and income, so they organized a meeting with community elders and identified ways to move forward.
Through interviews with prospective participants, LI selected a community leader class of 35 students who after months of business training identified three trades which would provide highly marketable skills: tailoring, motorcycle repair, and welding. Skilled mentors were then brought on board to train the most motivated community leaders in these trades. Fifteen Leadership Initiatives graduates were selected and each was apprenticed to an experienced tradesman with the expectation that he would complete a six month course of training fully prepared to set up shop independently if they could not find a community investor for their business idea seek paid employment. Each participant was therefore also trained in basic business management skills such as materials acquisition, equipment maintenance, site planning, and financial management. Individual LI donors funded the training courses and a combination of LI donors and local investors provided start-up capital to equip each graduate with the necessary tools to pursue their new business or vocation.
Learn how eleven Yelwan Makaranta community leaders became fully trained in their respective skills and created 6 independent businesses across the state of Bauchi in Welding, Tailoring and Motorcycle Repair.
Leadership Initiatives Job Training for the Disabled
Leadership Initiatives (LI) works with local partner Challenge Your Disability Initiative (CYDI) to equip its beneficiaries with a competency in and understanding of computer technologies.
This has lead to new businesses for the disabled including computer business centers and photo shops.
Personal story of Umar program participant and now a business owner!:
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 where he participated in the computer literacy training which LI gave in collaboration with CYDI (Challenge Your Disability Initiative).
Umar then underwent Leadership Initiative intensive business creation course where he learned the principals 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. In 2000 he started the photo studio with an analog camera, but after LI’s training 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 requiring him to hire 3 local employees and transform their lives.
This new business has made his job easier and more profitable. His business profits allowed him the opportunity to further his education from the Primary level to a Diploma in Computer Literacy with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
Today Umar Inuwa is a 33 year old father of three (3) small children; one of his daughters is in primary school while the other two are still too small to attend school. As a father and an eldest child himself, he has shouldered a great deal of responsibility in his family.
Presently, he provides financial support for about 15 people with the profits from his business. He lives with his father and his father’s family in addition to his own wife, three children and several orphans who he has taken under his roof. He is responsible for food, clothing, health care and schooling. He lives in an eight (8) bedroom house with his family, which he and his father are working together to buy. They have started making payments and will soon own the house.
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