Olentangy Liberty High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
My name is Miliana Bocher, and I am a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I challenge myself academically by taking a multitude of AP classes, putting forward my best efforts in all of my endeavours. Outside of academics, I enjoy volunteering with US Together, a refugee resettlement nonprofit in Columbus, OH, where I helped run an ESL camp for the children of refugees living downtown. I have also been the leader of an International Business Internship Program group for the past three years, where my team and I work to help our Nigerian business partner, Zainab, with her yogurt-making business. I am an intern for Leadership Initiatives, where I work with Marshall Bailly on establishing and maintaining relationships with the multimillion dollar sponsors of LI programs. I am also a senior Student Mentor in charge of integrating the incoming freshmen class. Beyond this, I am both a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars, as well as being the Social Chair of my local National English Honor Society chapter. In my free time, I can generally be found talking to all kinds of people around Columbus or trying to master yet another language.
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Tina Lu, and I am currently a high school senior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I enjoy learning a variety of concepts, and I express this through taking challenging courses offered at my high school. I have been playing the violin for about 10 years, and I continue to play it to this day. I am in a chamber music program where every few months, each student is placed in a chamber group to either compete or simply perform for recitals. I volunteer at a myriad of places including the Ganzhorn Suites for Specialized Memory Care, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Center of Science and Industry, a science museum. I am on the board of my school’s Interact Service Club, our school’s local chapter of National Honors Society, and our chapter of Tri-M Music Honors Society. I am an active member of our Science Olympiad team as well. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to significantly change lives as a high school student. I’m truly excited about the impact that our project will have on our partners in Nigeria as well as their surrounding community.
Class of 2019
My name is Sonam Rustagi and I am a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School. At school, I am involved in several activities, like our high school’s Speech and Debate Club, Interact Service Club and our Science Olympiad Team. Additionally, I take a rigorous course load to challenge myself academically. Outside of school, I am an active volunteer at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and at my local Hindu temple. I am very excited to be a part of Leadership Initiatives and work with this program to contribute to the success of businesses in Nigeria.
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Amani Djouadi and I am a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio. I strive to challenge myself academically by taking multiple AP classes. I am also a member of the National Honors Society and National English Honors Society. Outside of my rigorous academic courses at school, I enjoy volunteering at my local mosque and bringing together people from different countries and cultures together. I am also a writer for Liberty’s award-winning school magazine. Additionally, I have played the violin for the past six years and continue to do so. I have had the honor of being a part of an amazing IBIP team for the past 3 years, working with Zainab, our past Nigerian business partner, and helping her expand her yogurt-making business. I am also an intern for LI, working with Marshall Bailly and others to engage with donors and establish positive relationships with LI program sponsors. I look forward to continuing working with LI and changing lives around the world.
Our Business Partner: Soap Production Business
Business Owner: Falilat Ahmed
Business Location: T1, State Low-Cost Housing Estate Bauchi, Bauchi State- Nigeria
Story of the Business
Falilat makes liquid soap that can be used to wash plates, cars, clothes and any dirty surface; her products are designed for use in households, hospitals and even offices. Falilat has established partnerships with many local hospitals and offices, supplying them with soap and detergent on a regular basis. Rising demand among communities has also helped Falilat expand her distribution to individuals seeking quality liquid soaps. LI has helped Falilat by providing her with funds when she first opened her business, as well as, stickers and flyers. Those funds enabled her to expand her business and hire an employee. Aside from physical objects, LI gives Falilat motivation to set new goals and to achieve them.
About the Owner: Falilat Ahmed
Falilat is a hardworking mother of four (4). She studied chemistry at her local university, where she placed special focus on the chemistry of soaps. Driven by her newfound knowledge, she decided to open up her own soap production business in 2015. Falilat heard about LI through a friend and decided that LI was the missing piece to her business. For the last three years of business, Falilat has been widely successful, allowing her to provide her children with a strong education.
Passionate about her work, Falilat strives to provide the best service to her clients with quality controlled products and prompt delivery. Although many members of the community rely on her services on a day-to-day basis, Falilat never disappoints. In addition to providing much-needed soaps, Falilat seeks to improve the lives of others; she currently have 1 employ who is a member of her local community and seeks to help even more.