International Leadership &

Business Internship Summit

Team: Cuban Fish Farming

Our Life-Changing Project

Our Business Partner: Shehu Gagare Fish Farming

Business Owner:Shehu Gagare

Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Gun I Village – Bauchi State

0 Fish Harvested Per Year
0 Number of People Employed
0 People Directly Benefiting from the Business

Our Challenges

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




Our Solutions

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.

Our Presentation

Our Team

Our Internship Highlights

Meeting Our Business Partner

Our team began the solution-development process by having a one-on-one Skype call directly with Shehu in Nigeria. We learned more about his life, family, and business—as well as the issues he was having.
By discussing first-hand the problems Shehu faced, our team successfully and efficiently began to brainstorm solutions to improve his business. The on-staff translators and business development experts helped facilitate the process and ensured our team asked the right questions to put us on the right path to change the world.

Expert Assistance Work Shop

Our team then met with leading experts in the field of business and community development, from top US companies and the State Department, as well as specialized mentors in the field our solutions focused on.
We streamlined our initial solutions and used their guidance to further our efforts in solving Shehu’s problems. Our team advanced our communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on project management and development.

Nigerian Embassy Consulting & Embassy Immersion Event

The Nigerian Embassy invited our team for an exclusive tour, a presentation on Nigerian economic development, and a banquet with top diplomats. We ate authentic Nigerian cuisine, immersed ourselves in the culture, and discussed problems facing Abdullahi and the country as a whole.
Our team also had the opportunity to tour other embassies, including the People’s Republic of China, France, Sweden, Israel, Austria, South Korea and Turkey, as well as a European Union lecture focused on international development and immigration issues.

Business Consulting, Speaking and Partnership Review By Leading Development Experts

Throughout the course of the program, our team also met one-on-one with leadership and community development experts. They offered advice on communicating effectively, reviewed our solution proposal, and briefed us on the upcoming presentation.
This consultation gave our team the confidence and acumen to develop practical solutions and present them to the panel.

Solution Review By Leaders from Dartmouth, the United Nations, the State Department and the Pentagon

Our team presented the final solutions to Shehu and a panel of expert judges from Dartmouth, the UN, the State Department, the Pentagon, and Nigerian Development experts. This formal presentation allowed our team to practice our skills and measure the effectiveness of our communication, all while showcasing our efforts to transform Shehu’s business and life.
This culmination of hard work truly demonstrated the impact our team had on Shehu and completed a life-changing week of personal growth for each and every one of us.