The International Business & Development Internship

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development Program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and are struggling to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development Interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


Noella Horo

Singapore International School

Class of 2023

Noella Horo is a junior at Singapore International School. Noella is a committed honors student enrolled in an IB school, and is taking on the challenge of 7 subjects.

Noella enjoys dancing and playing football. At school she is an all rounder and consistent topper. She has been teaching mathematics to underprivileged children for a year and a half, and has been developing models for other teachers to use as well. During her free time, she enjoys reading and drawing.

Noella is excited to be participating in the International Business and Development Internship this year. She has an entrepreneurial and technological bent of mind, and intends to use her understanding of economics, science, and technology to solve real world problems and offer actionable solutions. In a dynamic world like ours, Noella wants to help smaller businesses stay relevant and expand. She wants to share and improve on her skills in order to explore the depths of this topic and make a tangible difference to the world."

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Joy Yang

Tasi Hsing High School

Class of 2023

Hi, I’m Joy from Taiwan. Glad to have this honor to work with Leadership Initiatives. Before getting internship, our group won the Best Team award by coming up with programs to solve the human migration issue in Turkey. I am looking forward to the internship. Hoping that we can have a great collaboration! Thank you for reading.

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Camila Valda Estremadoyro

Saint Andrew's School

Class of 2023

Camila Valda Estremadoyro is currently finishing her sophomore year at Saint Andrew´s School. She is part of the debate team and the President of Buddies without Borders Club project, she enjoys participating in different debate initiatives, such as Model UN, Model OAS and other national debate models.

Camila is pleased to participate at the International Business & Development Program internship. She is eager to learn about new topics such as international business and would like to develop new skills. Camila enjoys working with people from different countries.

Camila loves photography and publishes her photos in social media. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends and likes to watch movies and specially she likes to analyze its photography.

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Our Business Partner

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


Buhari Abubakar

About Buhari

About Buhari

Business Statistics

Our Partnership

Community Impact

Buhari was born in the Gwallaga community of Bauchi State, Nigeria.

His love for tailoring began at the young age of seven when he saw how the tailors were working on their sewing machine; it was because of this that he started wishing to be one. After his primary school, he decided to join a tailor as an apprentice then later gained liberty to practice independently.

He has a large happy family of 10 siblings who all support each other.

Business Statistics

Buhari owns a tailoring shop that specializes in women's clothing.

In this business, he also gives back to his community by training other young boys and girls who are interested in the art of fashion free of charge as well.

He is very knowledgeable about current trends and has an excellent relationship with his customers. He is looking to making the best of any opportunity that comes his way.

Buhari has a lot of experience and does his best to maintain a quality and customer friendly workplace.

Community Impact

Through this business venture, Buhari aims to not only pursue his passion, but also support his family and community.

He hopes to expand his business to employ young boys within his community to give them the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty and diversify the business into selling tailoring materials.

Currently, he is training two boys at his tailoring shop. Since tailoring is one of the most viable businesses in Bauchi, these teenagers would also make incomes for themselves with it.

Our Partnership

Buhari is very excited and honored to collaborate with Leadership Initiatives' International Leadership & Business Interns.

Working with us has also helped him find a logo with everything he was looking for.

He has been very involved every step of the way and his efforts have had a great hand in developing his relationship with his family and community and strengthened his business and analytical approach as well.

While he was making excellent progress with his shop, he wanted to explore his opportunities and work towards his dream of making clothes and making an impact in his community by pulling youths out of poverty.


Our Approach

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


FINANCIAL TRACKING

Financially literate entrepreneurs make growth-oriented financial and economic decisions for their savings, borrowing, and investments. Our team is working with Buhari Abubakar to create an effective financial tracking system for his business finances, receipts, and daily costs.


ADVERTISING

Our team identified target markets and key demographics to create a customer acquisition plan. We are working with Buhari to redesign his brand and create effective marketing campaigns.


BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS

Steady growth is a critical component of creating self-sustaining communities. Our team is working to identify key areas of opportunity for Buhari and design solutions with grant money to improve his business to foster growth.


Our Fundraising

Leadership Initiatives is working to end extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria through entrepreneurship and innovation. As part of the International Business & Development program, Leadership Initiatives identifies small business owners for our program who live under $1.90 a day, have little formal business education, and struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Once business owners have completed training, Leadership Initiatives pairs International Business & Development interns with a business partner and business mentor. Interns are given the opportunity to help tackle major issues at the grassroots level by working directly with small business owners to support and incubate local entrepreneurs. Students will work with Leadership Initiatives staff over the course of nine months to provide income-generating solutions that focus on food supply, women empowerment, environment and sustainability, personal care, and mobility.

The International Business & Development Internship aims to introduce interns to the complexities and challenges of running a small business and working within community development. Interns will gain an understanding of the unwavering commitment, focus, and determination required to work within this field. From working with interns, local business owners will have new knowledge of entrepreneurial skills they need to create business opportunities that will contribute to socio-economic development and significantly transform their lives.


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$550

STILL NEEDED

$200

RAISED

$750

GOAL

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the highest growth rates globally over the past 10 years. While this means that people in these nations have become more optimistic about their social and economic future, the region continues to face a myriad of historical problems. In order to continue steady growth and achieve a future of equitable conditions in the region, our International Internship Program team seeks to build stronger communities from the grassroots level through fundraising for community development.

Funds raised are used to implement community-based education programs, pay staff to run the operations on-site, and invest in training for local leaders. Leadership Initiatives uses fundraised money to develop a network of support for actionable change and accountability between our team, the Leadership Initiatives staff, and the community stakeholders we work with.

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