Meet Elvine | a change maker aspiring to work for the UN


According to USAID in 2010, Women make up only 18.9% of the world’s legislators. Yet, countries where women’s share of seats in political bodies is greater than 30% are more inclusive, egalitarian, and democratic. At Jannus EO we believe in removing barriers so that leaders like Elvine, an EO Starling Project mentee, can create change. Elvine is working toward her Read More »

Meet Scholastique from Democratic Republic of Congo

Scholastique holding two infants

Scholastique enrolled in EO’s Childcare Business Development Project because she loves kids and wanted to help support her family. She now runs a successful, licensed, in-home child care. She is proud to be a U.S. citizen and a business owner. “I am busy all the time taking care of two babies and four other young children,” she says. “I never Read More »

Meet Jaafar Jaafar from Iraq

Jafaar Jafaar

Jaafar’s store, Al Ahmed Market, is a family business. Not only are important business matters discussed with the entire family, his store is the continuation of a dream started by his father. His dad had a similar business in Iraq, and Jaafar is continuing this tradition in the United States. His store is located at 4324 W. Overland Road in Read More »

2018 Childcare Business Enrollees

5 Women childcare providers

EO Refugee Childcare Business Development (RCBD) is excited to launch our newest cohort of 5 women entrepreneurs who aim to open child care businesses in the Boise area! We’ll help them complete early childhood development curriculum, health/safety training, business development coursework and licensing with the City of Boise. RCBD has successfully helped launch over 110 local childcares—each contributing to independence, Read More »

Redfish Lake Adventures

four women on horseback in the woods

A group of mentees from the EO Starling Project had the opportunity to explore Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Recreational Area. Four fun-filled days kayaking, paddle boating, horseback riding, hiking and preparing delicious meals together. It was everyone’s first time horseback riding or visiting Stanley, Idaho, and nearly everyone’s first time out on a lake! Huge thank-you to the Redfish Lake Lodge staff, Read More »

Meet Sarah, she aspires to be a pediatrician


Sarah, a mentee with EO’s Starling project, aspires to be a pediatrician. So she was thrilled when Starling mentor Dr. K helped set Sarah up with a tour of the new Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Lab at ISU in Meridian. Sarah tested out the virtual lab and experienced some of the latest state-of-the-art technologies in the medical training field Read More »

Meet Zainab

woman holding infant

Zainab arrived in Boise with her four children in 2013. She received resettlement assistance from Agency for New Americans (ANA) by which she secured a housekeeping job at Red Lion hotel. There she was awarded most valuable employee for her dependability and dedication. Having been a nurse in Somalia and believing strongly in both education and entrepreneurship, Zainab enrolled in Read More »