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 …



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 …



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 …



Jenna Renner

Staff Accountant Jenna is a Certified Public Accountant and the Jannus staff accountant for EO’s programming. She provides comprehensive accounting services including budgeting, financial reporting and regulation compliance. Jenna began her accounting career with Jannus as a college intern which has grown to over 20 years of dedication to Jannus programs and services and the people they serve. Jenna finds …



Greg Wallinger

Micro-Enterprise & Finance Project Manager A compassionate and strategic leader, Greg guides the EO Micro-Enterprise and Finance team’s mission to help community members realize financial health and resiliency through micro-lending, business development, credit coaching, and education. Greg joined EO with seventeen years of experience building the capacity of organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sector; specializing in public policy, …