International Leadership &
Business Internship Summit
Team: Cuban Fish Farming
Our Life-Changing Project
Business Owner:Shehu Gagare
Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Gun I Village – Bauchi State
Story of the business
To meet market demand and to provide nutrients that can help to improve the overall health of people in the Firo community and Bauchi State at large.
Since its creation in 2011, the Firo fish farm has found great success. It has a dozen employees. Each year, the farm produces around 5,000 fish between its two harvests. The fish farm has many loyal customers and their fish are sold at markets in the community.
Shehu has recently received funding from his community to improve upon his farming methods, which he used to install new plastic tanks. His student partners in the Leadership Initiatives International Business Alliance Program are also helping him develop better farming tactics.
About The Owner Shehu Gagare
Shehu Gagare was born in 1984 in the Firo Village. For most of his life, he has worked as a subsistence farmer. He has two wives and seven children. Before opening the fish farm, Shehu was well known and respected for his farming and for being a leader in the community. He saw, both in his own family and in his community, how a lack of resources and business knowledge were leading to deficiencies in income and dietary needs. It was through these observations that he developed the idea for a fish farm. He knew that a fish farm could solve both of those problems.
In 2008, he joined the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program, and he saw his dream become a reality a year later. He is proud of the improvements he has made for his family and community, like the eight previously uneducated children who are now attending school. Shehu is forward-thinking and hopes to expand his fish farm and positive impact into the greater community.
To meet market demand and to provide nutrients that can help improve the overall health of people in the Firo community and Bauchi State at large.
After being advised about the widespread health risk and problems associated with Vitamin B deficiencies, Shehu and other local business leaders decided to establish a fish farm. Since then, the amount of Vitamin B deficiencies in the community has decreased significantly, as a source of affordable, nutritious food has become readily available. This, in turn, has led to an overall healthier community.
In addition, unemployment rates have been reduced. Community members have been inspired to open new businesses to augment income from other occupations, such as subsistence farming, which in the past was their only source of livelihood.
To allow Shehu to become less
dependant on only fish sales.
Diversify Sources Of Income
Business Partner Challenges
New filtration systems are needed so
Shehu can increase the number of
fish he can grow in his tanks.
New Fish Filtration Systems
Business Partner Challenges
To compare and review different
best growth methods.
fish farming methods to review
Fish Mortality Tracking Chart
Business Partner Challenges
Selling Filters to Local Fish Farmers
After utilizing the activated carbon filter in his own fish tanks, Shehu will be able to sell more filters to other fish farmers. Shehu will buy the tools needed to build a filter in bulk and sell the product to local fish farmers. This will increase personal profits for Shehu as well as expand his business to an entirely new sector of the market. By selling the filter to others, Shehu will also benefit his entire community by creating a method for more fish to reach the market.
Activated Carbon Filter
In order to help decrease the mortality rate, Shehu can implement a filtration system based off of activated carbon. One of the biggest causes of this high mortality rate is chlorine in the water, and activated carbon is scientifically proven to reduce these chlorine levels. The solution requires a reusable filter bag as well as a hose clamp to attach it to his government tap water pipe. 3/10 of a pound of activated carbon will be placed in the filter bag and will need to be swapped out every three months. The bag will be placed above the head of the shower head and clamped to the pipe.
Mortality Rate Tracking Chart
One of Shehu’s greatest difficulties was his inability to accurately track the mortality rate of the fish on his farm. We developed a spreadsheet on which he can record the number of fish that are alive and dead in each of his tanks. He will also total the amount of alive and dead fish each day to find the total number for each day. Seven of these charts will be printed on a paper for him to use each week.
Class of 2019
Hello, my name is Joshua Levy. Next year, I will be a Senior at Los Alamitos High School. At school, I take multiple Honors and AP classes, and I enjoy playing on the tennis team. When the high school is in the offseason, I play individual tournaments on the weekends. In my free time, I love going to LA Kings games, since they are my favorite hockey team. I enjoy helping my community by volunteering my time to be a teacher’s aide to the younger grades at my temple every Sunday since eighth grade. I am extremely excited to be working with the Leadership Initiatives Summer Program, and I hope to make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
Class of 2019
Hello, my name is Andrew Fitter. I am currently a Senior at Wootton high school in Rockville, Maryland. This summer I am attending the Leadership Initiatives ILBS summit. I challenge myself by putting full effort into everything I do. I keep my grades up in school and love participating in tons of afterschool activities! Some extracurriculars I do include cross country, wrestling, and climbing. One thing I have done to help the community is volunteer in athletic activities for children with mental disorders. I have also organized a day with the Foundation for Group Homes for volunteers to create “blessing bags” and give them to the people in need. “Blessing bags,” as we called them, were bags that included a variety of food and other products that would help out those in need. I am so excited to work and help create solutions with Leadership Initiatives!
Class of 2020
My name is Calvin Williams, I’m rising Junior from Seattle, Washington here at Leadership Initiatives to learn, grow and offer any help that I can. I come from two families, at my dad’s house, it’s just my dad and me most of the time and our cat Juno. At my mom’s house, it’s a bit of a different story, my sister Maya spends most of her time there with my mom, Paige, my stepdad, Steve, and our dog Oliver. And on the weekends my stepbrother and stepsister, Jensen and Avery come over to visit. As for me, I’ve always considered myself to be athletic, when I was four until I was fourteen I played soccer, ran track, and played basketball for a few years. Once I got to high school I continued with track and started cross country during my freshman and sophomore year, and this past summer I joined a crew team and plan to continue with that. Overall I’m not always the “smartest guy in the room” but I feel my passion and determination to make a change makes up for it. In the future, I want to study mechanical engineering and find new ways to make sustainable, and efficient transport in cities. Through Leadership Initiatives I’ve been able to hone in on these abilities and channel it into something that is truly changing lives and making the world a better place. And as an extra benefit, I’ve made new friends, that carry the same strength and determination that I have, and have met amazing people such as Marshall Bailly, Jessica Bailly, and Umar Muhammad. I am grateful for these amazing opportunities and plan to keep on working with Leadership Initiatives for as long as I can!