Meet Stella and Rosie

Together they helped raise thousands of dollars for the ELC. Language acquisition is vital to building community, maintaining employment, and feeling included in a new country. However, when adult refugees arrive in Boise, they only have a few months, at most, to learn English before they are employed full time or more—which leaves little time for language classes. Even then, …



Meet Weedor | she’s learning to fly and is soaring to new heights

As of 2017, women make up only 7% of licensed pilots in the US. Of commercial pilots, even less. Weedor, a mentee with the EO Starling project, wants to change that. Weedor is on her way to becoming one of the few female commercial pilots in the US. Once she becomes a pilot, Weedor says that she is going to …



Meet Zahraa | business minded fashionista and EO Starling Project mentee

Zahraa has dreams of opening her own business, preferably in the fashion industry. She wants to be her own boss, make her own rules, and bring her brand of fashion to women around the world. And why shouldn’t she be her own CEO? According to Bloomberg, companies with a woman in either of the top two jobs at the end …



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 …



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 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 …



Meet Jaafar Jaafar from Iraq

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 …