Aanish Shamim

EO Microloan Processor Aanish is the first point of contact for folks looking for financial assistance. He loves interacting with people and listening to their stories. Originally from Pakistan, Aanish looks for any way he can help people disrupt the systemic barriers they may face. Prior to starting at EO, Aanish assisted students at the College of Western Idaho in …



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 and mother owned stores there, and she and her brothers have fond memories of helping and playing in those stores when they were small children in Iraq. Today Hana is fulfilling her dream of having her own store. She recently …



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 home,” she says. “People are so helpful and welcoming, and we’ve made lots of friends.” Laylo experienced many ups and downs before coming to the United States, having spent 18 years in refugee camps. But …