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Hanna Levy

The Bullis School

Class of 2023

Hanna, a rising senior, is a member of the National Honor Society and is enrolled in multiple Advanced Placement courses at the Bullis School.

Hanna is a highly competitive tennis player who competes for her high school's team and outside of school. She was chosen as an All ISL player this past tennis season. She is also a proud member of her school's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year team.

Hanna is excited to be a part of the International Internship Program and can't wait to make a difference in the world. In the future, Hanna would love to study marketing and entrepreneurship. Her interest in business sparked after attending and winning the University Startups program leading up to her sophomore year. As an only child of a deaf parent, Hanna hopes to create her own business that will help make a positive impact on the deaf community and the world.


Samantha Loube

Winston Churchill High School

Class of 2023

Samantha loube is a rising senior at Churchill high school. She is a very dedicated student who likes to get her work done.

Samantha loube has played field hockey since she was in 4th grade. She also enjoys her job at indigo octopus. As well as getting involved with clubs at her school.

Samantha loube is very excited to work with team to achieve a goal. She is very interested in business and marketing as-well and hopes to go into something like that after college.


Olivia Peyser

The Bullis School

Class of 2025

Liv Peyser is a rising sophomore at The Bullis School. She is a hardworking honors student enrolled in advanced courses. Liv excels in English class, particularly in essay writing.

Liv enjoys playing tennis and doing community service for her school. She enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family in her free time. Liv has also created a babysitting business and enjoys building relationships with children and their families.

Liv is excited to participate in the Leadership Initiatives International Business and Developments Internship. She loves learning about business and neutering her passion for helping others. Liv has high hopes to be a child psychologist one day owning her own private practice and hopes to use the skills she has learned to help make a difference.


Rebecca Eigner

The Bullis School

Class of 2025

Rebecca Eigner is a rising sophomore at Bullis School. Rebecca is a hardworking student who is enrolled in Advanced Placement and honors classes. She is taking two languages to broaden her knowledge of foreign countries.

Rebecca Eigner is a varsity tennis player and enjoys golf on the weekends. At school, she is the president of the Families4Families Club. Last year she was the leader of a team competing in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student of the Year Campaign. This year she is a team member and looking forward to it! Rebecca plays lacrosse in the spring and was team captain. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing with her puppy!

Rebecca Eigner is thrilled to be participating in the Leadership Initiatives International Business and Developments Internship. The program looks to be very intriguing and an amazing opportunity! Rebecca hopes to take a career in international affairs and participating in IIP will definitely be beneficial. She believes that partaking in this program will really make a difference!


Melina Malkani

The Bullis School

Class of 2025

Melina Malkani is looking forward to participating in the International Leadership & Business Internship. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help budding entrepreneurs in Africa raise capital and help them sustain their future growth. She loves businesses with a social mission, therefore hopes to help the underserved while in the process of building successful business plans.

Melina is currently a freshman at the Holton-Arms School where she is the Vice President of her class, a member of Model United Nations, and a student ambassador. Melina enjoys working collaboratively with her peers as well as independently when necessary. Melina has been a champion of Entrepreneurship for her school and proposed to start a Shark Tank competition for those interested. Melina is a strong athlete who plays for her school's tennis team and is the goalie for the lacrosse team.

As a rising 10th grader at Bullis and for her future, Melina is interested in learning about and being involved in STEM, while pursuing her love for Spanish. She would love to work for an institution such as the World Bank where she can understand how to help other countries with problematic issues. Melina envisions herself studying International Business, Economics and Public Policy.


Nicholas Viqueira

The Bullis School

Class of 2023

Nick Viqueira is a rising senior at Bullis School. Nick is a hard-working and motivated student who enjoys being a leader on the basketball team, in Advanced-Placement classes and in a social aspect.

Nick loves to play basketball and play the drums. At school, he is a varsity captain on the Basketball. He plays drums at bach to rock and in his free time he enjoys rocking out in his basement playing along to the beastie boys.

Nick Viqueira is very excited to be participating in the international business and leadership program. He is obsessed with understanding how businesses work and knowing the small things that make a business successful. He hopes to be a very powerful business man when he's older. In the future, Nick wants to take the skills he has learned and apply them to real life to become an entrepreneur.


Our Business Partner

Rebecca Jolly Yakubu

Business Statistics

Rebecca opens her restaurant early before he classes begin and goes right back to work when school ends.

Rebecca's sister attends to customers while Rebecca is at school.

Rebecca tries to work as efficiently as possible with her business, offering quality meals for affordable prices.

Rebecca Jolly Yakubu

About Rebecca

Rebecca Jolly Yakubu is a 25-year-old woman from Bauchi State, Nigeria. She is one of eight children in her family. Since her dad passed away when she was ten, Rebecca helps support her mom by running her own business. In addition to being a businesswoman, Rebecca is also a student at Polytechnic Bauchi. She hopes to bring in enough success to support her and her siblings education.

Rebecca Jolly Yakubu

Community Impact

Rebecca hopes to employ young girls like herself in her community who do not have the opportunity to attend school. She also hopes to supply food to big organizations and government offices. Through her passion for cooking, she believes she will make a strong impact on her community.

Rebecca Jolly Yakubu

Our Partnership

Our team is ecstatic to work with Rebecca to make her dreams a reality. We hope to enable growth in her business to help her support her family and make a difference in her community. Her restaurant provides a variety of high-quality traditional and conventional food at an affordable price and we cannot wait to help her share her passion for cooking.

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

$1113 RAISED


$1500 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.