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Rohan Soma

Fairfax High School

Class of 2025

Rohan Soma is a sophomore at Fairfax High School. He is a dedicated and hardworking student that loves learning in a variety of subjects. Rohan is also enrolled in many Advancement Placement and honors courses.

Rohan enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family. At school, he participates in clubs like Science Olympiad and CSHS. Additionally, he volunteers with a non-profit organization that aims to provide free tutoring services to people who may not have access to higher education.

Rohan is thrilled to be participating in the Business and Development Internship this school year as he will gain experience in a field that he is passionate about. Additionally, he looks forward to helping people in need by implementing his ideas to make them more successful. In the future, he hopes to pursue computer science and business.


Minh-Quan Le

Fairfax High school

Class of 2025

I'm Minh-Quan Le but my friends call me Nathan. I'm a sophomore at Fairfax High School and am enrolled for all honors as well as 2 AP courses.

I enjoy playing lacrosse, track, practicing flute, and being active. At school I'm one of the best flutes in the band as well as a member of AYPO.

I'm excited to be participating in the International Business and Development Internship this year. I love helping people out when they need it and I think that by being in this internship I could gain lots of experience. With this program I think I could hone my skills and broaden my horizons in regards to the working world.


Matthew Seo

Fairfax High School

Class of 2025

Matthew Seo is a sophomore at Fairfax High School. Matthew Seo is an excellent honor student with good grades and hard work. He has enrolled in two Advanced Placement classes.

Matthew Seo enjoys golfing and playing the cello. He has entered many different cello competitions. Matthew Seo also is planning on going out to competitions for golf. During his free time, Matthew enjoys building and making new things.

Matthew Seo is excited to participate in the school year's business and development internship. He loves learning about how businesses strive and the competition between many companies. Using the skills he will learn from this experience, Matthew will work in the business field.


Timothy Park

Fairfax High School

Class of 2025

Timothy Park is a current sophomore at Fairfax Highschool. He is an honor roll student taking all honors and 2 Advanced Placement courses this year. In addition, he has also has taken 1 Advanced Placement course. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym and is interested in computer science which he will likely pursue further education for.


Our Business Partner

Aminu Saleh

Business Statistics

Mr.Saleh was an apprentice for 9 years before opening his own business.

Mr.Saleh’s business has been open for 3 years now.

Mr.Saleh enjoys watching movies and soccer.

Mr.Saleh’s typical day starts with an early morning prayer and then spending time with his family.

Aminu Saleh

About Aminu

Aminu Saleh is a 28 year old man who lives in Tsohon Makabarta within the Jahun community. He is single but is going to get married soon.

Mr.Saleh has opened his welding business for 3 years now. His father worked very hard and taught him much of what he knows which inspired him to form this business.

Mr.Saleh’s goal for the business is to expand to multiple sites and hire more employees to help him assist customers. Additionally, he is eager to learn modern welding techniques that will help him make more income and enable him to further his education.

Aminu Saleh

Community Impact

Most of Mr.Saleh’s income goes directly to support his family by providing meals and school fees for his siblings.

Mr.Saleh has 2 employees paid based on commission and has 9 apprentices. He aims to train young men in his area with useful and marketable skills. He hopes to hire even more people to expand his business.

Mr.Saleh is a well-known welder in his community and assists his community by offering doors and windows at an affordable rate. This offers much more protection, especially in places where robberies are frequent.

Aminu Saleh

Our Partnership

Mr.Saleh is honored to be a partner in the International Internship Program as he believes that his dreams for his business will come true.

By working with us to create advertising material, financial plans, and other business necessities, he believes that he can expand the business.

By helping Mr.Saleh increase profits, he can further his education and satisfy his customers' needs.

Our Approach


Financially literate entrepreneurs make growth-oriented financial and economic decisions for their savings, borrowing, and investments. Our team is working with Isiyaka Sa’ad to create an effective financial tracking system for his business finances, receipts, and daily costs.


Our team identified target markets and key demographics to create a customer acquisition plan. We are working with Isiyaka Sa’ad to redesign his brand and create effective marketing campaigns.


Steady growth is a critical component of creating self-sustaining communities. Our team is working to identify key areas of opportunity for Isiyaka Sa’ad and design solutions with grant money to improve his business to foster growth.

Our Fundraising




$1000 GOAL


Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced some of the highest growth rates globally over the past 10 years. While this means that people in these nations have become more optimistic about their social and economic future, the region continues to face a myriad of historical problems. In order to continue steady growth and achieve a future of equitable conditions in the region, our International Internship Program team seeks to build stronger communities from the grassroots level through fundraising for community development.

Funds raised are used to implement community-based education programs, pay staff to run the operations on-site, and invest in training for local leaders. Leadership Initiatives uses fundraised money to develop a network of support for actionable change and accountability between our team, the Leadership Initiatives staff, and the community stakeholders we work with.