International Leadership and Business Summit Team:
Our Life-Changing Project
1. Financial Bookkeeping
3. Updated Tailoring Method
Our Business Partner: AD Fashion Design Tailoring
Story of the business
Abdulhadi was able to establish the tailoring business and employ 5 main employees and 15 apprentices, including local orphans, secondary school students, and even undergraduate and graduate degree holders who wanted to have a career in the tailoring business. These achievements earned Abdulhadi confidence and recognition from the community as a role model. Abdulhadi has used the income he earns from the business to go back to college, and fund 6 of his siblings’ educations as well. He also supports his extended family. Abdulhadi has said that this intervention has brought him success in his life and has been an amazing experience.
About The Owner: Abdulhadi Ahmed
In 2008, Leadership Initiatives helped Abdulhadi to transform his family’s lives after his participation and completion of Leadership Initiatives’ training programs. As the eldest son of his late father, the responsibility of caring for his family had fallen upon him, and he had no way of providing a sustainable income; however, because of Abdulhadi’s strong leadership skills, LI brought him into the Business Creation Program. LI provided him with business management training and worked to help him develop his idea for a tailoring business. Once funding for his business had been acquired, Leadership Initiatives was able to provide a tailoring apprenticeship by hiring an experienced tailor to train him and his team. Abdulhadi started his business in 2009 and he eventually became able to take care of his family’s needs, and send some of his siblings to school. In 2014 Abdulhadi is participating in the Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion program and is expanding his business into new markets. As his knowledge and skills in the tailoring business have grown, so has his customer base, resulting in a higher income for his employees and himself. He now employs 6 people, and says that he and his family will always be grateful for the assistance they received in turning their lives around.
The elders in the community are excited by the changes in its youths’ lives and the role LI has played. Many youths and young adults have had difficulty finding employment and have at times inevitably become involved in criminal activities that posed threats to the community. With LI’s intervention, many have become employed and this empowerment has become a source of hope for their peers. The projects have given hope to many Yelwa children and young adults that they can learn skills in order to be self-reliant.
Class of 2019
My name is Ashton Stimson and I am currently a Junior at Dee-Mack High school. I love getting involved with the world around me by allowing myself to participate in experiences such a leadership conferences to better my skills for a global change, traveling to different countries to expand my knowledge in developing and developed countries, and finally by challenging myself academically and socially by being on communities in my school and local community. I hope to change the lives for those in my business and the lives that they touch.
Class of 2018
My name is Jake Reed and I am a rising senior at V. Sue Cleveland High school. I thrive in my extra curricular activities from sports to in-school clubs. My passion lies in helping others for the betterment of everyone, which is implicated in football, DECA, and my contribution to the local community. I stand out by my leadership within these activities by being a state officer for DECA as well as the chapter president, being one of the 4 possible captain candidates for football along with my two all-time weight lifting records.I aspire in being an influential leader in my community through New Mexico’s local government.
Class of 2018
My name is Nam Nguyen, and I am a rising senior. In school to further test my academic abilities I am a member of the DECA Business program.
I am active in many extracurricular actives such as dance, student council, M.A.D Against Hunger, drama club, and fashion club.
I help out in my community by being an officer and active member of M.A.D Against Hunger at my school. I hope to continue my service to others by becoming a member of the Peace Corps one day.