Success Stories

Economic Opportunity by Jannus (EO) provides the support needed to launch and grow local businesses, build and maintain good credit, meet emergency financial needs and provide tailored training and knowledge needed to prosper. Through our loan funds, one-on-one coaching, technical support, and business training - we equip people from all walks of life with the tools needed to prosper and create lasting socioeconomic change.

Since 2012 EO supported businesses have generated over $12.4 million in revenue, which plugs right back into our local economy.

 
 
  • Esther Mlebinge
    When she was twenty years old, Esther lost her brother to warfare in her native country Democratic Republic of Congo. E...
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  • Helping Hands and a Heart of Gold
    Meet Beatrice Nyiramutuzo from Congo We can’t say enough nice things about Beatrice. She has a smile that can captiv...
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  • Reflections on life and owning a childcare business during the pandemic
    We had a chance to sit down with the dynamic, energetic Laylo Hamud from Somalia. It’s always a pleasure to hear her p...
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  • Cooking his way to a brighter future
    Meet Ratna Subba from Nepal Ratna Subba is the owner of the food truck Darjeeling Momo. He has an infectious smile and...
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  • A Small loan Can Make a Big Difference.
    2020 was a hard year for a lot of people, including John. After losing his partner, John was barely able to cover his ...
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  • The Road Ahead
    Gisma arrived in the United States with her three children only a year ago. She faced many challenges to start her new...
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  • Overcoming Challenges and Keeping Family First
    Meet Mulisa from DRC Everything single-mom Mulisa does, she does for her family. She’s a devoted mother of four boys;...
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  • Building a Strong Family and Childcare Business
    Meet Etando Etando has a smile that lights up a room. She has a big personality and an even bigger heart. Her enthus...
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  • Small Loan Helps Create Opportunity
    Applicants for emergency EO loan funds, like Jacob, often come to us in a state of rebuilding. After completing a period...
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  • A life-changing loan
    Nearing 80 years old, Susan found herself falling into a financial hole. After a predatory mortgage tore through Susan’s...
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  • Getting a fresh start in Idaho
    Meet Solange Solange has an inspiring story. Years ago, Solange lost her whole family during the war in the Democrat...
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  • Caring for Children Wherever She is
    Angel is a joy to be around. She has a friendly personality and a beautiful smile. She is always taking care of others, ...
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  • Driven to Find a Better/New Life in America
    Luka Stankovic from Bosnia has always been driven. Since 1987, his drive to succeed pushed him to do just that — drive. ...
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  • Amiri Osman - A Life Filled With Art
    On the canvas of life, each experience paints a different stroke. No one knows this better than Amiri Osman from Democra...
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  • Meet John Nahimana from Burundi
    Since he was a teenager, John has always known he was good at cutting hair. He got his start helping his brother trim ha...
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  • The Ingredients to Start a New Life and Restaurant
    Meet Salam Bunyan from Baghdad Salam Bunyan is an expert chef. He grew up in Iraq experimenting with different flavor...
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  • Hana is Fulfilling Her Dream
    Hana grew up in Baghdad, where food, groceries, and bakeries were always a family affair for her. Both her grandmother a...
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  • Meet Laylo from Somalia
    Laylo was born in Somalia but grew up in Kenya. She came to Idaho in 2009 and loves it here. “Boise feels like a second ...
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  • Meet Scholastique from Democratic Republic of Congo
    Scholastique enrolled in EO’s Childcare Business Development Project because she loves kids and wanted to help support ...
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  • Meet Jaafar Jaafar from Iraq
    Jaafar’s store, Al Ahmed Market, is a family business. Not only are important business matters discussed with the entir...
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  • Meet Christine
    Meet Christine from Democratic Republic of Congo For hardworking Christine, family has always been her first priorit...
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  • 2018 Childcare Business Enrollees
    EO Refugee Childcare Business Development (RCBD) is excited to launch our newest cohort of 5 women entrepreneurs who aim...
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  • Meet Zainab
    Zainab arrived in Boise with her four children in 2013. She received resettlement assistance from Agency for New America...
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  • Abdi Haji – Umoja Na Uhuru World Farm
    If you’ve been to Boise’s Capital City Public Market, you’ve probably seen Abdi Haji of Umoja Na Uhuru World Farm. A ref...
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  • Valentine (Yao) Sessou-Djokotu – Valentino’s Hair Cut Up
    Valentine Sessou-Djokutu came to the US from Togo after spending seven years in a refugee camp in Benin. He arrived with...
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  • Hasan Abdulkareem – Adem’s Auto Sales
    Hasan Abdulkareem left Iraq at 12 years of age and came to the US with his mother and brother after nine years in Jordan...
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  • Sundus Tawfeeq – Babylon Market
    Family is important to Sundus Tawfeeq. Her love for her family, which includes four children, is evident in the cheerful...
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  • Tino Silva – Intermountain Construction and Abatement
    Tino Silva, owner of Intermountain Construction and Abatement, is living proof of the “American Dream. With EO’s help, a...
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  • Horacio Castillo – Janitzio Restaurant
    Horacio Castillo has owned Janitzio Restaurant for nine years and runs it with his family. Recently the owner of the bui...
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  • Annonciatha Mukagasawa – Annonci’s Child Care
    Annonci’s Child Care is filled with active, inquisitive kids. Annonciatha Mukagasawa has worked hard to build a friendly...
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