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Maya Grace Mahoney

Georgetown Visitation

Class of 2024

Maya Grace Mahoney is a junior at Georgetown Visitation. Maya is a diligent student and is enrolled in several honors and AP classes.

Maya loves to snowboard during the winter. She also does rock climbing with her school and fencing outside of her school. She is a member of the French Honor Society. When Maya is not studying or spending time with friends, she is spending time with her dogs or reading.

Maya is excited to do the International Internship Program and to do the International Business and Development Internship. She had a wonderful time over the summer as an intern for Leadership Initiatives' and can not wait to continue to help those in the developing world. She can not wait to help more people with her friends.


Emma McCarthy

Richard Montgomery High School

Class of 2024

Emma McCarthy is a junior at Richard Montgomery high school. Emma is a hard-working student of the International Baccalaureate program at her school. She is enrolled in both IB and Advanced Placement classes.

Emma enjoys theater and law. She is a dedicated member of her school’s mock trial team and drama club. She hopes to start tutoring so she can help others with their classes. She is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Outside of school, she enjoys baking, reading, and writing.

Emma is looking forward to participating in the International Business & Development Program this year. She loves helping others and helping them grow. She is considering using the skills she’s learned and become a lawyer someday to help people


Gabriela Lopez

The Academy of the Holy Cross

Class of 2024

Gabriela Lopez is a junior at The Academy of the Holy Cross. She is a hardworking student who's schedule is a mix of honors, advanced placement, and on level courses.

Gabriela is extremely involved in her school community. She is involved in five clubs, is the Executive Board Treasurer for student council, is a student ambassador officer and she plays sports. She is bilingual and enjoys being a leader not only for her peers but for anyone who sees her as one. Outside of school, Gabriela loves to spend time with her family.

Gabriela is excited to be participating in the International Business & Development Internship. She is excited to learn about a different culture and it's challenges. Additionally, Gabriela appreciates the opportunity to be apart of this effort with her friends.


Mary Virginia Beck

St. John’s College High School

Class of 2024

Mary Virginia Beck is a junior at St. John’s College High School. She takes honors and advanced placement classes. Mary Virginia has been recognized for her achievements at the Academic Convocation the past two years.

Mary Virginia has played Field Hockey for the past 3 years at her school. She has also done Irish Dance for over 10 years. Mary Virginia is a member of the National Art Honors Society and the National Honors Society. In her free time Mary Virginia enjoys snowboarding, playing with her dogs, and hanging with friends.

Mary Virginia is excited to participate in the International Business and Development Internship. She likes to explore new opportunities, share her ideas, and empower others. Mary Virginia hopes to apply the lessons learned to future endeavors.


Our Business Partner

Aliyu Adamu

Business Statistics

Aliyu loves to make shoes that celebrate the fashion and style of those he serves.

Aliyu proudly employs many young people in his community, giving them the opportunity to learn his craft.

Aliyu makes durable shoes fit for everyone in his community.

Aliyu Adamu

About Aliyu

Aliyu goes to work as early as 8:00 am and works until 10:00 pm or 11:00 pm. His wives do not work, so Aliyu provides for his whole family by himself.

Due to a lack of opportunity to further his education, Aliyu began learning his craft at a young age and gradually established his shop. With the money he earns from his business, Aliyu pays for his children’s education and provides for all of the needs for his family. He hopes to further his business so he may send his children to the highest level of education, something he did not receive.

Aliyu Adamu

Community Impact

Aliyu employs many young people from his community. He offers free training to any of his apprentices so that they may gain the skills needed to provide for themselves.

Aliyu stresses the importance of durable shoes so that his customers will have the highest quality of shoes as they go about their daily routine.

Aliyu hopes that one day his community will have a diverse shoe market that not only sells shoes, but also other shoe accessories and materials.

Aliyu Adamu

Our Partnership

Aliyu is grateful to work with Leadership Initiatives’ International Leadership and Business Interns.

Aliyu lacks sufficient technology to efficiently provide shoes for those in his community. He hopes to create good quality, and affordable shoes for everyone.

Aliyu hopes to employ more young people and diversify the shoe business through this collaboration.

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

$2044 RAISED


$3000 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.