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Sriya Singh

Centennial High School

Class of 2024

Sriya Singh is a junior at Centennial High School. She is a committed and hardworking student who is enrolled in honors and Advanced Placement Classes.

Sriya is the Congressional Debate captain for her school's debate team. She has qualified, placed in elimination rounds, and championed tournaments at the local, state, and national level. She is also a DECA Texas state finalist and international qualifier in a finance competition event. Outside of school, Sriya is a talented Bharatanatyam dancer and has been training for over 9 years. In addition, she is the co-founder and President for her school's Female Financial Force club, where she leads girls at her school to compete in investing and economic research competitions. Some things she enjoys are spending time with friends and family, as well as watching Netflix!

Sriya is looking forward to participating in the International Business and Development program to support small businesses around the globe. She is fascinated by the business world and hopes to one day make progress in the finance field using the skills she acquires.


Shrimayi Mulukuntla

Centennial High School

Class of 2024

Shrimayi Mulukuntla a rising junior at Centennial High School. Shrimayi is a dedicated honor student who is enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors classes. She enjoys baking and at school, she is in Band, DECA, Robotics, and the National Honor Society.

Shrimayi Mulukunta is excited to be participating in the Business Development program this year. She loves learning about Business and wants to learn more about it in the future.


Poorvja Joshi

Frisco High School

Class of 2024

Poorvja Joshi is a junior at Frisco High School. She is a hardworking honors student who is a part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

At school, Poorvja is a member of her school's Days for Girls club, an active member in her schools orchestra, and a class representative of her orchestra leadership team. She has also received high distinction in UIL Solo and Ensemble music competition for the past four years. During her free time, Poorvja like reading, playing music, and making origami.

Poorvja is looking forward to participate in the International Business and Development Internship Program. Poorvja aspires to be an Architectural Engineer in the future and hopes to use the skills she learns through this program to help design infrastructure for developing nations.


Vibha Immedisetty

Liberty High School

Class of 2024

Vibha Immedisetty is a current Junior at Liberty High School. Vibha is a motivated honors student, enrolled in honors and AP courses, and fine arts such as band. Over her time in the fine arts, she has won multiple awards in the TMEA, ABRSM, and UIL region and solo competitions, highlighting her individual and group skills.

Vibha enjoys playing instruments such as the oboe, piano, saxophone, violin, and English horn and is always working to learn more. At school, she is a competitor in HOSA, DECA, mock trial, part of her school news program, and participates in her school marching band. During her free time, Vibha enjoys spending time with her friends and reading Grisham novels.

Vibha is excited to be participating in the International Business and Development Program this year because she loves learning about business administration and hopes to someday have an impact on small businesses around the globe. She believes that her participation in this internship will bring awareness to developing businesses in Bauchi and expand them to help the community they serve.


Kaustubh Duddala

Centennial High School

Class of 2024

Kaustubh Duddala is a current sophomore at Centennial High School. Kaustubh is a hard-working honors student, enrolled in Advanced Placement classes, and fine arts such as band and other extracurriculars. He has been a part of multiple speaking groups. Kaustubh enjoys playing the flute and making music. Kaustubh has also participated in HOSA, placing 4th in his region for the PSA competition in 2021. During his free time, Kaustubh likes to read and play online with his friends. Kaustubh is excited to be participating in the IIP Program. Kaustubh hopes to use the skills he learns throughout his career.


Tanvi Tokala

Centennial High School

Class of 2024

Tanvi Tokala is a junior at Centennial highschool who is enrolled in many AP classes to broaden her understanding and challenge herself.

Tanvi is involved in band and DECA. She enjoys reading in her free time and volunteering.

Tanvi wants to become a business lawyer in the future and sees this program can help in the business aspect of learning new skills. Tanvi wants to use what she's learned about the program and use the experience as a stepping stool in her career path.


Our Business Partner

Rose Sylvester

Business Statistics

Our business partner, Rose Sylvester, started her business by herself 6 years ago, and has grown that business into the sole source of income for her family. She is a mother of 8 children who help out in her business. Rose is also the only person in her area that sells vaseline products. Considering how important it is to protect ones skin during the winter months in Bauchi, her business is essential to those in her community.

Rose Sylvester

About Rose

"Rose Sylvester is a 56-year-old woman who lives in the Tirwun community of Bauchi state. She has 8 children who help within the business. Her children are mostly grown up with three of the girls already married.

Rose owns a business that makes petroleum jelly and vaseline products to moisturize skin and protect it from the harsh weather in Bauchi State. It also helps to keep skin hydrated, soft, and healthy for those who use vaseline everyday after bathing.

Rose's future goals are to provide her children with high levels of education, to own a shop in a strategic area to increase her profit, and to train other women in the community in vaseline-making."

Rose Sylvester

Community Impact

Rose Sylvester, a local vaseline seller in Nigeria, is constantly taking care of her local community's skin through her products specialized for the difficult weather her and her community face in Bauchi state. Currently, Rose is the sole owner of her business and has her 8 children and 2 apprentices to assist her in selling vaseline and other products. Rose has the ultimate goal to aid her community by taking great care of her community’s skin in the winter months, as she is the only person in her local area that sells vaseline and petroleum jelly products. Rose continues to make an impact in her community through her determination and hard work to assure that everyone in her community can stay healthy and hydrated during the harsh dry weather that overcomes Bauchi State in the winter.

Rose Sylvester

Our Partnership

Our main goal when working with our business partner was to help grow her business. One such way we accomplished this was by creating a business name and logo, which would allow the customers to easily recognize the business. We also worked to create various forms of advertisements for the business, like billboards, flyers, and business cards, to help spread the word about Rose’s business in her community. Furthermore, we helped develop a more effective financial tracking system for her business which would allow her to easily see how much her business cost to run and how much she was making. With such knowledge, Rose could raise her prices or offer discounts, all to increase her profits and number of customers. Ultimately, we hope that the work we do with Rose will help her achieve what she wants for her business.

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.