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 Democratic of Congo (DRC). He’s a talented artist who came to Boise in 2016 and has been adding to the city’s arts and culture scene ever since. Amiri was just 12 when his parents passed away. He found a refuge …



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 hair at a salon in Malawi when he was very young. Now, 17 years later, John is achieving his dream of opening his own full-service salon here in America. Called He & She Salon, John’s shop is …



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 flavors and combining ingredients. He lived and worked around food in Iraq — including serving as a chef at a five-star restaurant in Baghdad — until 2006, when war forced him to leave his native country. In the early ‘90s, Salam …



Kari Frymire

EO Microloan Processor Kari works with existing and emerging EO clients to identify their needs, prepares loan packages, and, contributes to keeping processes running smoothly. Kari is a recent graduate of the Boise State University Master of Social Work program. This combined with a background as an accounts clerk provides services to clients that extends further than just their financial …



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 …



Kayla Gleason

EO Starling Project Assistant Kayla brings an extensive background in program operations, logistics, and event coordinating to Jannus EO. She developed a passion for working with immigrants and refugees while volunteering as a Spanish tutor for an organization that welcomed new arrivals to Northern Spain. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the young adult refugee women and their …



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 …