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 …



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 …



2018 Childcare Business Enrollees

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, …



Meet Zainab

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 …



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, comfortable place for the children in her care. Annonciatha arrived in the US from Uganda with her husband and 5 children in late 2012 and enrolled in EO’s RCBD project about a year later. She was interested in home childcare because she …