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Leila Janah

October 9, 1982 – January 24, 2020

Leila Janah was an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. She was the founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies which share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. Samasource’s social business model has helped over 50,000 people lift themselves out of poverty. One of the first organizations to engage in impact sourcing, its workers are trained in basic computer skills and paid a local living wage for their labor. In 2015, Janah co-founded LXMI, a for-profit luxury skin care brand. LXMI employs marginalized women in the rural Nile Valley communities to harvest LXMI ingredients paying the women 3 times the average local wages.

“We are fighting the battle of birthing a new venture while at the same time trying to show the world that we can inject a sense of justice into the business itself, rather than merely trying to rack up profit.” - Leila Janah

Submitted by our members in 2020.