International Leadership and Business Summit Team:
Hamilton Irrigation Farm
Our Life-Changing Project
1. Uneven Water Distribution
2. Second Distribution Point
3. Disorganized Finances
Our Business Partner: Kawu Irrigation Farm
Story of the business
The business started when Muhammadu inherited a small farm from his father. Irrigation farming has been a family business for them for generations. After joining the Leadership Initiatives Business Expansion Program, Muhammadu brought in community investment to grow his irrigation farm and expand into new trades. After several months of training he graduated from LI’s business training course, and then undertook LI’s skills training course to ensure he mastered the skills needed for cow herding and managing a larger farm with new foods. With the profits from the irrigation farming, he began to fatten cows- which also provided him and his large family with additional income.
About The Owner: Muhammadu Shehu
Muhammadu cares for 19 children of various family members who have either passed away or can no longer work. All the children are fed, clothed and sheltered from the income he makes from his farm. Though Muhammadu never had any formal education, he is determined to see to it that the children in his care do. Of the 19 children, two(2) are in secondary school, three (3) in primary, one (1) just finished his secondary school and one (1) is in a higher institution. Unlike other farmers who only farm during the raining season, Muhammadu’s farm has three harvests each year.
His family, neighbors and the members of the Bayara community have benefited from Muhammadu’s irrigation farming, as they are provided continuously with free farm vegetables and fruit that would have been costly to purchase at the town’s market. Muhammadu’s neighbors have also been positively affected, as they too have been provided with nutritious food. The money saved due to Muhammadu’s generosity even allowed some to purchase more household items or send children to school. Muhammadu’s irrigation farming provides low-cost high-value food for his community and creates jobs for three people who are able to provide for their families and send their children to school because of their employment. Muhammadu, or “Kawu” as he is fondly called, is a hero to his community as he helps the community of Bayara meet their basic needs year in and year out.
Class of 2019
Ardo is a hard-working and ambitious High school junior who enjoys seeking out knowledge and deep experiences.
As a straight A student, summer camp counselor, and captain of a nationally competitive chess team, Ardo demonstrates leadership in and out of the classroom.
Ardo is committed to working closely with Mohammadu Shehu to ensure that his farming business successfully transforms lives in his community
Class of 2018
I am a senior in high school from Gaithersburg MD. I invole myself in mostly humanities in school and I thrive in the social sciences. I have been in the marching band for most of high school and a devoted musician in and out of school.
Class of 2020
Class of 2020
My name is Molly Carroll, and I am a rising sophomore at Sandy Spring Friends School. I am a visual and musical artist, and like to run and rock climb in my free time. I am interested in foreign languages, and I’m learning Spanish, as well as considering Mandarin and American Sign Language courses. I am interested in the foreign relationship building offered by ILBS, and am excited to see how I can change the world over the course of this week.