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International Business Internship Program
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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: Fish Farming
Business Owner: Shehu Gagare
Business Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Firo, Tun Village, Yali Ward. Gajuwa LGA – Bauchi State
Story of the Business
After partnering with Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program, Shehu now runs the largest fish farm in his village. His success has allowed him to be a leader in his community, create new jobs, and feed the region. Shehu is now working with International Business Internship Program (IBIP) teams to learn how to treat chlorine in the water, treat newly hatched fish to reduce their mortality rate, increase dissolved oxygen levels in the tanks, improve the growth rate of the fish, and locally produce fish feeds for his farm.
About the Owner: Shehu Gagare
Shehu Gagare grew up near the Gubi Dam, where many members of his community fished to feed themselves and their family. When Shehu was 15 years old, he met a team of Chinese construction workers who were hired to repair the dam. They taught Shehu how to hatch and farm fish, sparking Shehu to get a job at a fish farm. There, he learned the skills and gained the experience necessary to run a successful fish farm, as well as saved enough money to purchase 1,000 fish hatchlings required to start his own business. In 2017, Shehu opened his own farm in Tun Village, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Three other employees currently work at Shehu’s fish farm. Shehu not only creates jobs for his community but is also a major source of food for the Bauchi area. The farm has a capacity of between 6,000 – 8,000 fish per harvest, as well as an indoor hatchery with approximately 30,000 – 50,000 fingerlings. Shehu is also married with 7 children who attend school using the profits from the fish farm. Shehu and his business currently directly benefit 14 people in his wider community.