Leila Janah (born October 9, 1982 – died January 24, 2020) was an American Businesswoman based in Lewiston, New York (USA). In 2008, she launched a company Samasource (Market for Change). Her main idea behind the company was to increase the income of the low-income group people.
Furthermore, she inspired her business idea while living in South Africa and Mumbai (India). Janah transformed the lives of around 50K people through her strong motivation. The workers of Samasource trained with necessary computer skills.
In addition to this, the employees paid a local living wage. Leila created connections with Google, General Motors, and Microsoft. Her social organization named the most innovative company.
In 2014, she became the youngest person to get the Heinz Award (2014). In the World Economic Forum 2012, she was also the youngest leader (Director, CARE USA). However, she died while battling from a rare form of cancer epithelioid sarcoma on January 24, 2020.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings & Profile
Leila Janah was born on October 3, near the Nigeria Falls (Lewiston, USA). Then, she grew up in the San Pedro region in Los Angeles. Due to a lack of financial security, she faced difficulties in her childhood. She was the child of Indian immigrants, Sahadev Chirayath (Structural Engineer), and Martine Janah (Worker).
Her mom-dad tried hard to provide a better lifestyle. She tutored and did babysitting in her initial stage of life. On the other hand, Leila attended the California Academy of Mathematics and Science.
She received a scholarship from the American Field Services. Moreover, she spent her maximum time in South Africa. She went to the Ghana village and taught English to blind children. Ms. Janah completed her African Development Studies degree at Harvard University.
Meanwhile, she continued her fieldwork in Senegal, Rwanda, and Mozambique. She worked as a consultant and authored papers of the World Economic Forum’s research projects. Leila Janah’s brother is Ved Janah.
Personal Life, Spouse Tassilo Festetics & Children
She survived by her supportive husband, Tassilo Festetics. Moreover, she had a stepdaughter.
In her blog 2018, she wrote her challenging in her social entrepreneurship. Her spouse was present with her during her treatment. Leila Janah posted a few photos of the therapy.
|Full Real Name||Leila Janah.|
|In The News For||Died on January 24, 2020, in Manhattan.|
|Profession||Founder of Samasource.|
|Age (As of 2019)||37 years old.|
|Birth Date||October 9, 1982.|
|Birthplace/Hometown||Lewiston, New York (USA).|
|Ethnicity||Multiracial Caucasian (South Asian).|
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Death Date||January 24, 2020.|
|Place||Hospital in Manhattan.|
|Social Media Account Stats||Instagram: instagram.com/leilajanah.
|Cause||Epithelioid Sarcoma (Rare Cancer).|
|House In||San Francisco, New York (USA).|
|Height (Tall)||Feet & Inches: 5' 7".
Centimeters: 170 cm.
Meters: 1.7 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 59 Kg.
Pounds: 130 lbs.
|Shoe Size (UK)||6.|
|Parents||Father: Sahadev Chirayath (Structural Engineer)
Mother: Martine Janah (Worker).
|Siblings||Brother: Ved Janah.|
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Dating History?||Linked with Tassilo.|
|Husband Name||Tassilo Festetics.|
|Highest Qualification||African Development Studies Degree.|
|School||California Academy of Mathematics and Science.|
|Hobbies & Favorite Things|
|Favorite Food||Indian Dishes.|
|Love to do||Kitesurfing & Dancing.|
|Business Profits||$4 Million-$7 Million.|
|Net worth||$500K-$800K US Dollars.|
Some Lesser Known Facts about Leila Janah
- Upon graduation, she worked as a management consultant for Katzenbach Partners.
- For her first assignment, she visited the Mumbai city and managed a call center.
- She met a young boy who traveled from Dharavi and worked with her.
- Then, she planned and started Samasource Company.
- On the other hand, she was a faculty at Stanford University.
- She co-founded “Global Health” with Thomas Pogge (Professor, Yale University).
- The team established a blueprint for healthcare and neglected disease research.
- She started school, i.e., Samaschool, in 2013. In addition to this, her school ran programs in California, New York, Kenya, and Arkansas. Online classes were available for international students.
- A pilot teaching program Bayview-Hunters Point began in San Francisco.
- The model primarily focused on giving proper training to digital sources.
- She received some funding from the Robinhood Foundation.
- Later on, she came with an idea Samahope (2012).
- Furthermore, she initiated providing medical facilities to the poor people.
- She diverted her mindset for her luxury skincare brand, i.e., LXMI (2015).
- Leila gave opportunities to the Nile valley women.
- She gave 1/3 share from her 36% stake to the Samasource.
- She was the recipient of the TEDIndia and Rainer Arnold fellowships.
- Additionally, the Elle Magazine named her “Women in Tech” 2016.
- In 2015, the Forbes listed in the Under 30 Rising Star list.
- Fortune called her as the “Most Promising Entrepreneurs” 2013.
- She called herself an adventure love on Instagram handle (25.3K followers).
- Leila Janah’s height maybe around 5 feet 7 inches and her body weight (estimated) 59 Kilograms.
- She is using her mother’s surname for ten years.
- Leila Janah’s net worth ranged around $500K-$800K. She made some profits, i.e., $4 Million-$7 Million through her skincare brand. Moreover, she acquired two houses in San Francisco and New York.
- Janah was a passionate dancer and kitesurfer.