International Leadership &
Business Internship Summit
Team: Dicaprio 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 grow more fish in
each of his fish tanks so he can feed
more people within his community.
Increase Oxygen Levels In Fish Tanks
Business Partner Challenges
New filtration systems need to be
tested so Shehu can increase the
number of fish he can grow in
Ph Testing In Fish Tanks
Business Partner Challenges
One of the main problems our partner, Shehu faces is the lack of water and clean water in general. So the solution we came up with is a recirculating bio filter. It generates water in and out of the tank and converts harmful toxins to neutral compounds through biological filtration. The filter also reuses the water which will allow Shehu to save water and have a sustainable and long-term solution which will allow him to ultimately increase revenue and expand his business.
To test the effectiveness of the filter, we wanted to target the issue concerning Shehu’s inability to properly test the water for chemicals. Currently, he is only able to change the water once a month and checks the levels by solely the smell and look of it. To target this issue, we offer a cheap solution, pH strips. This is a simple answer to solve the issue to test the water for chlorine, pH, alkalinity, as well as the phosphorus levels. This is also a highly cost-effective solution since the cost would be $10-$15 for 100 strips and the levels only need to be tested about twice a month.
Class of 2019
My name is Alyssa Dowless and I am a rising senior at Northwest High school located in Maryland. I'm currently involved in a variety of national honor societies, such as Spanish and math, and I also partake in community service clubs. I heard about leadership initiatives through a friend and thought it was an amazing opportunity to not only further develop my experience and connections in the business world but help put a person in need.
Class of 2019
My name is Avneet Kaur and I am a senior at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. I am the president of the Academy of Finance at my High School and the President of a student-led community service club. I have been on the varsity tennis team all throughout my high school career as well as having won two division championships and claiming our spot in Division 1. I am pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the leadership and business program and hope to continue my pursuit in business through an IBIP program at my own school.
Class of 2021
I’m Jemima Monga I’m a sophomore in the state of Maryland. I play lacrosse, and I founded my club which is a college prep club. I'm also involved in several other clubs in my schools such as fellowship Christian Athlete, International Culture Club, and the French Club. I lived on multiple continents including Europe, Africa, and North America. I am fluent in several languages including French, English, and Swahili. I love traveling and travel a lot, so I have a lot of different experiences with different types of cultures. I love helping others and making people smile, and I always reach for the best. I am a cheerful and spirited person, and I always love encouraging others. I want to major in finance in university to become a financial business manager. I am apart of the IBAP program at my school, and I met some of the most incredible people who were able to make a significant impact on me. I am very excited and grateful to be working with Leadership initiatives