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Mimansa Kant

Quarry Lane Schoo

Class of 2023

Mimansa Kant is looking forward to participating in the International Internship Program. She is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to assist promising entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa develop effective business plans.

As a rising senior at Quarry Lane School, Mimansa is participating in both the Advanced Placement Program and International Baccalaureate Program at school. She presents her experience in leadership through various positions, including Vice President of Leadership at DECA, team lead in her school's varsity robotics team, and Vice President of the Interact club. She is quite involved in sports as the girl's captain of the varsity badminton team.

Mimansa is discovering her interest in International Business Administration and Management. She has gained interest, knowledge, and experience in the business industry by taking marketing, finance, and economics courses at her school. By exploring other aspects of business, she has found a community to help her through the process of learning the complex science.


Kaung Sett Htoo

Quarry Lane School

Class of 2024

Kaung Sett Htoo has the utmost excitement to be able to participate in the International Internship Program this year. Sett has seized the rare opportunity of partaking in this event and will expend great effort into learning valuable information that directly corresponds to his immediate future.

Sett is a focused international Junior student with proven analytical, creative thinking and management skills. By his peers, he is frequently praised as an imaginative and strategic individual. Sett has focused deeply on his talent of the performing arts to serve the community as he is a part of three different bands, two of which he formed. He has experience as a Performance Manager in Yangon International School, responsible for the management of stage performances in schools, hotels and bars to raise funds, together with his Community Service Group called, “Building Blocks”, with the objective to construct schools for the poor as poverty was a leading disaster in Myanmar. In his first semester in the Quarry Lane School, he managed to create his own private band and partake in the school’s Rock Band, occasionally performing for different community service groups. Sett has developed a strong mind of a leader and a team player as he has been appointed the captain of both the QLS Varsity Volleyball Team, and YIS Varsity Volleyball Team.

In the future, Sett has a strong interest to study more about business, aiming to be a business major. More specifically, he would like to expertise his abilities in the sector of business law. Following the footsteps of his family, he will continue to run, manage, and improve the large family owned business primarily located in Myanmar called the "KMA Group of Companies".


Htet Thura Aung

Quarry Lane School

Class of 2024

Htet Thura Aung is thrilled and looking forward to participating in the International Internship Program this year. He's eagerly anticipating the chance to work together with entrepreneurs of the developing world. Htet is a junior at The Quarry Lane school, located in Dublin, California. Htet is from Myanmar, Southeast Asia, where he was born and raised up to the age of 16 when he moved to the U.S.

Htet's enrolled in Economics courses. He has participated in Seoul Model United Nations (SEOMUN) and local Model United Nations events as part of The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in his previous school in Yangon, Myanmar. In Myanmar, a third-world nation, Htet had participated in various fundraisers and donations to the building of schools, hospitals, and teaching uneducated children from the most rural areas. Currently, he's part of the Econ & Financial Literacy Club, Interact Nonprofit Organization, QLS Red Cross, and more.

Htet is extremely excited to be a part of the International Internship Program Business Summit. Htet's interest in business was sparked and inspired by being surrounded by and interviewing various business tycoons in his home country of Myanmar. Due to this, he wanted first-hand experience in helping businesses from developing nations, just like his own country, grow and flourish. Upon graduating high school, while still not completely decided on which major, plans to study a business-oriented major, perhaps entrepreneurship or financial management, and afterward minor in hospitality.


Matthew Balinca

BASIS Peoria

Class of 2023

Having started his own e-commerce business on Ebay and further experimented with viral projects on social media, Matthew Balinca is quite interested in exploring the professional world of venture capital and investment banking. Matthew aims to embrace the culture of a startup and associate with other like-minded and ambitious individuals in order to improve the living conditions of those across the world.

An Honor student in the academic world, as a rising Senior, Matthew has taken over 14 Advanced Placement Classes - most of which yielded in the highest attainable score: a 5 - providing him with the CollegeBoard’s AP Scholar with Honor and Distinction award resultantly. In addition, Matthew is a firm believer in teaching financial independence in order to provide a voice to politically underrepresented groups; Consequently, Matthew manages over 15,000$ through an HonorHealth affiliated club in his position in addition to being the Founder and President of his very own Stock Market Trading club at one of the highest ranked STEM highschools in the nation in which he covers advanced option trading strategies on TD Ameritrade and Webull. Debate is also very important to Matthew and he has won 1st place in two State tournaments in Policy Debate along with obtaining Merit, Honor, and Excellence Awards by NSDA for his success in the debate world.

Familiar with business plans that have acted non accordingly in implementation, Matthew is no stranger to the idea of failure and prides himself in his ability to persevere and effectively utilize such gained experience to embark on his next experiment. With a strong background in the Classics through his prolific studies of the Ancient world and even the Latin language, Matthew values his unorthodox background in the Machiavellian world of business and aspires to benefit humanity through his work. Accordingly, he places a strong emphasis on working for business solutions in the near future with a strong societal impact and that truly help to revolutionize the world with far-fetching impacts that affect everyone regardless of social class, gender, nationality, economic status, etc.


Our Business Partner

Sunday Ejembi

Business Statistics

Sunday Ejembi is a shoe cobbler in Bauchi State, Nigeria. He owns and operates his shoe-making business, offering well-made shoes at affordable prices to his community. He has assistance from apprentices, who help with the business and learn the craft of shoe cobbling. He is open to expanding his business further but has no specific plans for expansion.

Sunday Ejembi

About Sunday

-Our business partner looks up to his pastor as one of his mentors, he motivates Sunday to keep working hard on his business.

-Sunday is a huge soccer fan and loves to play and watch his team. He employs 5 apprentices.

-At home, he is married and loves his family and his animals; he has two kids and six chickens.

-Sunday prides himself as someone who puts care into his craft and cares about the small details, making his shoes perfect for his customers.

Sunday Ejembi

Community Impact

Sunday makes an impact on his community because he makes shoes for his community, while also making other leather items. He tries to give back to his community by offering apprenticeships to teens wanting to join the workforce and start their own businesses in the future.

Sunday Ejembi

Our Partnership

After our first meeting with Sunday, we started to create a logo based on his preferences. During the meeting, Sunday told us he preferred the colors royal blue, brown, and white. Working with that, one of our teammates created various logos oriented around his business. We hope to further assist Sunday with his business in the future.

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.