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. ...
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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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