Colegio San Agustin
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class Of 1802
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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Class Of 1218
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: Gardening
Business Owner: Adewale Adeniji
Business Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Gun I Village – Bauchi State
Story of the Business
Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program have allowed Musa to expand his business and achieve greater financial independence. Musa is currently working with students in the International Business Internship Program to develop new gardening designs, expand his advertising, and learn new financial management methods.
About the Owner: Musa Kawu
After struggling to find employment, Musa found an apprenticeship with a landscaper in 2004. Though he did not intend to work there for long, Musa soon developed a passion for gardening and demonstrated great commitment to his work. Musa then found a position with the Bauchi Cosmopolitan Cleaners, where he expanded his skill in landscaping and completed hundreds of jobs over the eight years he worked there. However, Musa wanted more independence. Using all the money he saved up while working, Musa opened his own gardening business in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Adewale has created three jobs for his wider community and hopes to expand his business to employ more. By providing auto body repair services, he is working to develop his community further and modernize transportation in his area. Adewale currently supports his younger brother after the death of his parents and pays for his secondary education. Adewale is married and has an 18-month-old daughter who he supports because of his hard work. Adewale and his auto body shop currently benefit over six people in the wider community.
Shehu’s finances were in disarray. Any entrepreneur will tell you that the first step to success is having control of finances. To combat this problem we designed two spreadsheets and receipts for Shehu. By filling out the receipts Shehu will have the information he needs to fill out his spreadsheet. The first spreadsheet is record revenue and sales. The second spreadsheet is to record costs and expenses. After a given period of time Shehu will be able to compare the two spreadsheets and determine his process. The implementation of these spreadsheets began in the Spring of 2019.
Shehu struggled will advertising. For starters, we officially named his fish farm Shehu Gagare Fish Farming. In a similar fashion, we found a logo for his business to use. Based on his logo and using Shehu’s contact information we designed a flyer to advertise. As a result of this solution, Shehu now has a world-class advertising strategy.
The cost of imported fish feed is astronomically expensive, representing 45% of Shehu’s costs. In order for Shehu’s Fish Farm to slash expense and increase profits Shehu must produce his own fish feed. To do this we will obtain a compressor/grinder which will be manual since Nigeria has unreliable electricity . In addition, Shehu will give local unemployed teenagers who also do not attend school apprenticeships on the fish farm will include producing feed. The ingredients will match the current Zeigler fish feed he uses and will purchased from local farmers. Estimates based on experts in Nigeria using local prices, show this can reduce the cost of fish feed from 12,000 nairas to 3,000-6,000 nairas, a 50-75% reduction. With the increased profits he will almost be able to double the amount of tanks he has every year. Not only will this solution increase profits it will be healthier for fish since the ingredient will be more natural. Furthermore, this feed is the same feed that pigs, cows, goats and chickens eat. This gives Shehu a new opportunity to branch out his business by selling affordable feed to local farmers/herders. In summary, this drastically helps Shehu’s Fish Farm allowing him to save money and expand, teaches unemployed teenagers a skill they will have for life and gives local farmers access to affordable feed, helping their bottom line.