Success Stories

Jannus Economic Opportunity (EO) provides the support needed to launch and grow local businesses, build and maintain good credit and champion tomorrow's leaders. Through our loan funds, one-on-one coaching, mentoring and training classes - we equip people from all walks of life with the tools needed to prosper.

Since 2012 EO supported businesses have generated over $12.4 million in revenue, which plugs right back into our local economy.

Driven to Find a Better/New Life in America Luka Stankovic from Bosnia has always been driven. Since 1987, his drive to succeed pushed him to do just that — drive. He started a cab business that year and has been in the business ever since. Not long after that, fighting in Bosnia started in 1992 and Luka had a daughter that same year.... 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... 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... 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... 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...
 
 
  • Driven to Find a Better/New Life in America
    Luka Stankovic from Bosnia has always been driven. Since 1987, his drive to succeed pushed him to do just that — drive. ...
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  • 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 Democra...
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  • 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 ha...
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  • 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 flavor...
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  • 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 a...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Meet Jaafar Jaafar from Iraq
    Jaafar’s store, Al Ahmed Market, is a family business. Not only are important business matters discussed with the entir...
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  • Meet Christine
    Meet Christine from Democratic Republic of Congo For hardworking Christine, family has always been her first priorit...
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  • 2018 Childcare Business Enrollees
    EO Refugee Childcare Business Development (RCBD) is excited to launch our newest cohort of 5 women entrepreneurs who aim...
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  • Meet Zainab
    Zainab arrived in Boise with her four children in 2013. She received resettlement assistance from Agency for New America...
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  • Abdi Haji – Umoja Na Uhuru World Farm
    If you’ve been to Boise’s Capital City Public Market, you’ve probably seen Abdi Haji of Umoja Na Uhuru World Farm. A ref...
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  • Valentine (Yao) Sessou-Djokotu – Valentino’s Hair Cut Up
    Valentine Sessou-Djokutu came to the US from Togo after spending seven years in a refugee camp in Benin. He arrived with...
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  • Hasan Abdulkareem – Adem’s Auto Sales
    Hasan Abdulkareem left Iraq at 12 years of age and came to the US with his mother and brother after nine years in Jordan...
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  • Sundus Tawfeeq – Babylon Market
    Family is important to Sundus Tawfeeq. Her love for her family, which includes four children, is evident in the cheerful...
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  • Tino Silva – Intermountain Construction and Abatement
    Tino Silva, owner of Intermountain Construction and Abatement, is living proof of the “American Dream. With EO’s help, a...
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  • Horacio Castillo – Janitzio Restaurant
    Horacio Castillo has owned Janitzio Restaurant for nine years and runs it with his family. Recently the owner of the bui...
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  • 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...
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