Leila Janah, Entrepreneur Who Worked to End Global Poverty, Dies at 37


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Leila Janah, a social entrepreneur who was founder and CEO of artificial intelligence data company Samasource, has died at 37.

Janah passed away due to complications from epithelioid sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. According to Samasource, the company has helped more than 50,000 people lift themselves out of poverty and has become one of the largest employers in East Africa.

Samasource creates data for companies worldwide that need to test numerous artificial intelligence products, including self-driving cars and smart hardware.

Besides Samasource, Janah was the founder and CEO of LXMI, a fair-trade, organic skin care company, and Samaschool, a non-profit organization that trains people in digital skills.

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