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Christopher Mason

DC International Public Charter School

Class of 2024

Christopher is excited to participate in the International Leadership & Business Internship because he would like to learn about business. He is eager to learn how businesses invest in abandoned communities.

Christopher is a rising Junior at DC International PCS. He takes IB courses and has enrolled in Dual Enrollment for the fall. He is fluent in Spanish. He enjoys learning about Spanish culture. He recently started Krav Maga classes.

Christopher aspires to be a Property Manager and a Real Estate investor in the future. He is inspired by his Dad, who owns real estate. Christopher aims to develop the business skills needed to properly invest in neglected communities.


Yajaira Almendarez

DC International Public Charter School

Class of 2024

Yajaira is a Junior at DC International school. Yajaira is a dedicated student and completes all given work on time with quality.

Yajaira likes doing art, mostly sketches. Yajaira has participated in sports such as varsity soccer and track. She's also certified as a teen CERT member.

Yajaira is excited to join the International internship program to get real world experience and grow in professional skills. She wants to learn more about working as a group to create solutions for others. She also believes this will be a crucial skill to have for college.


Jordan Lawrence

DC International Public Charter School

Class of 2024

Jordan Lawrence is a junior at DC International School. Jordan is a part of the Cross Country team, and the Track and Field team

Jordan has been playing the violin for seven years. He also had the opportunity to go through the Summer Youth Emergency Preparedness Academy.


Ricardo Menjivar

DC International Public Charter School

Class of 2024

Ricardo Flores is a rising junior at Dc International school. Ricardo Flores is a talented hard worker. He plays on the varsity lacrosse team and is dedicated his time to managing the junior varsity soccer team.

Ricardo flores enjoys reading philosophy, biology and books related to outer-space science books. If he’s not reading he’s out practicing lacrosse. In his free time he also plays lots of sports like soccer and basketball.

Ricardo Flores is looking forward to helping his really good friend Christopher in creating his business.


Our Business Partner

Hauwa Kabiru

Business Statistics

When Hauwa's business expands, she would like her only job to be the CEO and leave the tailoring to her employees.

She would also like to someday sell her own tailoring and sewing products.

Before she became a tailor, she was a housewife. She got into the tailoring business through the advice of another housewife and she decided to begin to help support her husband.

Hauwa Kabiru

About Hauwa

Hauwa Kabiru is a 34 year old woman from Bauchi State Nigeria. She is married which 6 children- 5 girls and 1 boy.

She loves to attend weddings and listen to music. She is a very determined businesswoman, and an even more determined and dedicated mother to her children. She has a large vision of expanding her business outside of the small shop she has in front of her house.

Hauwa Kabiru

Community Impact

Her goal is to make people in her community feel beautiful through her sewing. Since most of her clients are younger women, she got into the sewing business to make money and support her community.

Hauwa Kabiru

Our Partnership

We are very exited to continue working with Hauwa! Up until this point, working with her has been an absolute pleasure.

Hauwa has expressed admiration for us on multiple occasions and is very open to any suggestions or changes we have recommended. Since she knows what she wants, working with her has been a clear and straight-forward process

She is a very savvy businesswoman and will continue to succeed until she reaches her goals.

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.