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My name is Marc Zavarro and I am a member of the Class of 2022. I am a Freshmen at Western High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I push myself to put my skills and dedication in multiple school clubs and charities. Throughout my middle school careers and my upcoming High School Career, I have been and will be a leader in a Charity known as Children Helping Other Children. Along with being in multiple charities, I am a nationally represented Debater ranking number 6 in the nation for my category. I have excelled in some of the highest classes offered. In my first year of high school, I am taking AP classes. In 7th grade, I obtained 1110 on my SAT. I would like to follow a career in Political Science in my college future.
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My name is Christopher Karle. I live in Ridgefield, Connecticut and will be graduating from Immaculate High School in 2022. I am passionate about health, wellness, and sustainability, so I founded Head2Toe where we donate hand-knitted baby hats to hospitals and community centers to support the health of infants; made adult hats from recycled cloth to improve the wellness of the homeless through the Midnight Run Organization; and recycle gently used shoes to Soles4Souls to outfit people in poverty-stricken areas both domestically and internationally. I received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Student Leadership Award for my diplomacy, ability to work with others, willingness to take on challenges, and ability to honor commitments (2018). I am an active member of Lions Heart, a community service based group, where I have earned both the Bronze and Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for 50 and 100+ hours of service respectively (2017, 2018). I have also been a Peer Mediator for 3 years. Athletically, I am a member of the GMS Rowing Club. Learning to row has taught me perseverance, hard work, and teamwork. I strive to use my knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with my team and our business partner. I am honored to work with the International Business Internship Program and to participate in the International Leadership and Business Summit in order to provide creative solutions to our Nigerian partners
Our Business Partner: Kawu Irrigation Farm
Business Owner: Muhammadu Shehu
Business Location: Wuro Bobbo Village Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Story of the Business
Muhammadu inherited this line of business and the lands from his father. Irrigation farming has been a family business for them and he took over the work from his father. In addition to irrigation farming, Muhammadu used his profits from irrigation farming to raise cows for additional profit and food for his family. However, he faced many issues in both businesses. In early 2013, Muhammadu began to work with Leadership Initiatives, and since has moved on to the secondary business creation program to expand his business and cultivate a larger impact on his community as a whole.
About the Owner: Muhammadu Shehu
Muhammadu is the third child of his father and for him; irrigation farming was the family business. His father before him owned the land and he inherited it. Muhammadu has two wives and nineteen (19) children, all who are feed, clothe 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 his children do. Of his 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 farm once only during the raining season, Muhammadu farms three (3) times a year. It takes 3 months from planting to harvest after which he gives a few weeks break to sell off his harvest before planting again. He makes an average income of about N150, 000 ($937.50 USD) per harvest. Three of his children help him on the farm. He estimates the size of his land to be about two hectares. He plans various crops from Maize to Sugarcane, pepper, tomatoes, Cassava, sweet potatoes, guava, and banana. From the profit Muhammadu makes from the farm he fattens animals, he buys the cows at about N50, 000 ($312.50USD) and after fattening them for three (3) years, he sells them at about N120, 000($750USD) –N150, 000 ($937.50USD) each. The irrigation farming business has brought great profit to his life, his family and his community.
His family, neigbours and the members of the Bayara community are benefitting from Muhammadu’s irrigation farming, as they are provided continously with free farm vegetables for home use only and for those that buy it from him to take to the market and sale, get a good discount on the fruits and other food stuffs he irrigate which would have been more expense for them to get in the town’s market. Muhammadu, or “Kawu” (meaning Uncle) as he is fondly called is a man of the people in his community (Woro Bobbo, Bayara)
A simple, cheaper and easier way/method of irrigating crops like tomatoes, cassava, pepper, okra (ladies finger), etc. to produce more with less water consumption and high crop yield
Business Partner Challenges
Strategy of reducing evapotranspiration
Business Partner Challenges
A simple table/plan for crop rotation to improve soil fertility
Business Partner Challenges