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Sahithi Rampally

Fairfax High School

Class of 2023

Sahithi Rampally is a student at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia. She is currently taking various rigorous courses to challenge herself to the fullest and stay motivated to learn, especially when it comes to the field of business. Aside from academics, she also participates in many extracurricular and community service projects.

Sahithi enjoys getting to delve into different fields of study to garner a vast range of knowledge. She is the President of Fairfax HS' Computer Science Honor Society, Team Lead for her team in the International Business & Development Program (IIP), and is a member of many other clubs as well. She's worked on the International Public Health Internship and International Business & Development Program with LI in the past and is excited to spend another year changing lives.

Sahithi is thrilled to be an intern for IIP again. She looks forward to using the skills and knowledge she acquires from the internship in her career and hopes to make a positive impact on a global scale.


Hazel Ling

Brentwood College School

Class of 2023

Hazel Ling is a Hong Kong-Canadian rising senior. Hazel is a motivated and optimistic student currently enrolled in Advanced Placement courses alongside the BC curriculum at Brentwood College School. She has earned both the Heads Academic Award and “colours” award at her school for her exceptional achievements in the arts, athletics and academics.

Hazel enjoys playing the drums, fine art photography and running cross country. She is a proud alumni of Minvera BC’s leadership programs and the youngest member of their Youth Advisory Council, working alongside other women and girls to advance gender parity in British Columbia. She is also Grad Class President at her school, leading a council of students to organise, fundraise and execute well-loved events in her community. Additionally, she is a student representative for her school’s wellness club, B-Well, as well as the BIPOC committee, Student Activities Council and Student Executive Council. Hazel also is a dedicated peer tutor, having provided help in the Sciences, Humanities, English, Mandarin Chinese and the AP Capstone program since her sophomore year. In her free time, Hazel love to read and crochet.

Hazel is ecstatic to partake in this year’s international Business and Development program with Leadership Initiatives after a very successful first year alongside her partner, Chichi Onuwama. She looks forward to gaining greater insight into the world of modern business and management, hoping to one day open her own practice for the speech and hearing impaired.


Indira Sondhi

Brentwood College School

Class of 2024

Indira Sondhi is a rising junior at Brentwood College School. Indira is enrolled in AP Macroeconomics and will take AP Microeconomics the following year.

Indira has been singing for four years and enjoys performing at school concerts. Indira commits a majority of her time to working out in the gym and playing sports such as soccer and volleyball.

Indira is excited to be participating in the International Business and Development Internship program. With plans of studying business in the future, she is eager to dive deeper into the business world.


Natalia D'Avanzo

Fairfax High School

Class of 2023

Natalia D'Avanzo is a senior at Fairfax High School. She is an honor student who is enrolled in several Advanced Placement classes.

Natalia enjoys reading, drawing, and digital art. At school, she is a member of DECA, Key Club, and the National Honor Society. In her freshman year, she was on her school's junior varsity field hockey team. In the past, Natalia has volunteered for A Place to Stand, an organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness and hunger.

Natalia is excited to participate in the International Internship Program again. She loves learning about new ways to bring awareness to and solve existing problems. Natalia also wants to make a positive difference in the world.


Chinweoke Onwuama

Brentwood College School

Class of 2023

Chinweoke Onwuama is a student at Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island. She is an optimistic student currently enrolled in various AP and business courses to broaden her knowledge. She has earned the “colours” award for her exceptional academic and arts efforts.

Chinweoke likes to spread herself in various activities. She enjoys graphic design as she is part of her school’s yearbook and yearbook captain as well as dance in which she is also a captain. She also takes great pleasure in building social connections with others as she is the House Captain of Allard House. With Leadership Initiatives, Chinweoke has been a team lead for their International Business and Development program over the summer (YDP) and a team lead for the same program for their Internation Internship Program. She’s worked on the National Security program with LI in the past.

Chinweoke is ecstatic to work with Justina Yohanna this year, and she looks forward to learning more about the business world and creating a positive impact.


Our Business Partner

Justina Yohanna

Business Statistics

Justina Yohanna previously worked in money exchange before starting her business.

Ms. Yohanna was involved in many apprenticeships when she was young and has extensive knowledge of beauty salons through her experiences.

Ms. Yohanna hopes her salon business will grow enough to rent a bigger shop so that she can employ more young women in her community and beyond to give them the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty and afford an education and means to provide for themselves.

Justina Yohanna

About Justina

Justina Yohanna is a 29-year-old woman living with her two children in Bauchi, Nigeria. She owns a beauty salon in the Wuntin Dada community. Ms. Yohanna was the breadwinner for her and her family until recently when her husband got a job. Unfortunately, her husband has to work in a different state so he can only visit from time to time. Now with the profit, she makes from her business, she can provide for her family, mother, and siblings. As a woman in business, Ms. Yohanna helps other women in her community by ensuring her services are affordable and training young girls. She is currently training two girls and hopes to train more in the future.

Justina Yohanna

Community Impact

Ms.Yohanna aims to provide affordable hair, nail, and skin services to the members of her community. Keeping the environment and health in mind, she wants to use organic materials for all of her customers.

Ms.Yohanna currently trains two young women by giving them work experience and teaching them new skills. Eventually, she hopes to expand her business to more locations that are able to employ even more people.

Justina Yohanna

Our Partnership

We partnered with Ms.Yohanna to create an official business name, design a logo, and create a better brand for her salon in order to attract more customers and give her an edge over competitors.

We are working to create efficient solutions to alleviate financial discrepancies and create a structured system for Ms.Yohanna to keep track of her expenses, sales, and income.

Through this partnership, we hope to transform Ms.Yohanna’s salon and provide her with the resources to expand her business and positively impact her community.

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



$750 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.