Who We Are

Economic Opportunity (EO) is a nonprofit community resource of Jannus Inc. creating mobility from poverty by removing barriers through education, support and emergency loans.

EO’s microlending, business development, mentoring and credit building services empower people to grow, succeed and thrive regardless of age, race, gender, or background – all contributing to stronger families and a more vibrant local economy.


Our Team

  • Kate Nelson
    EO Director
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4261
    E. knelson@jannus.org
  • Greg Wallinger
    Micro-Enterprise & Finance Project Manager
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4293
    E. gwallinger@jannus.org
  • Susan Sawyer
    EO Outreach and Communications
    P. 208.336.5533 Ext 4264
    E. ssawyer@jannus.org
  • Rachel Axtman
    EO Starling Project Manager
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4277
    E. raxtman@jannus.org
  • Jenny Hay
    EO Refugee Childcare Business Development Project Manager
    P. 208-947-4262
    E. jhay@jannus.org
  • Richard Zavaleta
    EO Microfinance Coordinator
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4278
    E. rzavaleta@jannus.org
  • Diana Bass
    EO Business Development Specialist
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4279
    E. dbass@jannus.org
  • Rebecca A. Sweetland
    EO Refugee Childcare Business Development Project Specialist
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4263
    rsweeetland@jannus.org
  • Kayla Gleason
    EO Starling Project Assistant
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4267
    kgleason@jannus.org
  • Jenna Renner
    Staff Accountant
    P. 208.336.5533 ext 4309
    E. jrenner@jannus.org

Our Core Values

Compassion, Respect, Diversity, Creativity, Entrepreneurship

Our Purpose

Jannus EO is a nonprofit community resource that removes barriers and delivers support in many ways with a focus on improving financial health and resiliency – all contributing to greater self-sufficiency, independence, stronger families and a more vibrant community and local economy. Find out more.

Our Services and Programs

EO programs and services are provided to equip people from every walk of life with the tools needed to grow, succeed and thrive.

  • EO Microlending

    EO offers microlending options to help individuals, families and communities realize financial health and resiliency while creating pathways to the financial mainstream. Click here to learn more.

  • EO Refugee Child Care Business Development

    RCBD helps refugees, primarily women become economically self-sufficient by opening in-home childcares that provide culturally sensitive, affordable and safe care for children. Click here to learn more.

  • EO Starling Project

    EO’s Starling Project is a Boise-based multicultural women’s mentoring program focused on fostering the advancement of young adult refugee women enrolled in higher education, ages 18-25, to maximize their potential as future leaders. Click here to learn more.

  • EO Business Development

    EO provides business support services to help socially and economically underserved individuals and families increase household income and improve financial security through self-employment. Click here to learn more.

  • EO Credit Building

    EO helps clients build and maintain good credit by providing credit education, one-on-one credit coaching, and credit builder tools – a strategy that helps people to lay the foundation for financial resiliency. Click here to learn more.

Our Partners

Jannus EO delivers support in many ways, from general assistance to population-specific programs, all working collaboratively through strategic partnerships and public-private or community-based efforts. EO is proud to have the partnership, collaboration and support of the following agencies and organizations:

Better Together

To become a professional services partner, refer clients or discuss fundraising and financial support please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

Jannus Economic Opportunity (EO) is one of three major initiatives of Jannus, a nonprofit human services organization that also includes Public Policy and Community Health.
Jannus has been changing lives for more than 40 years by successfully helping individuals, families and communities in transition — from infancy to healthy childhood, from illness to health, from refugee to working citizens, and from isolation to community.