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Welcome

Anolee Sisters

A Change Action Network

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to working with women from the African diaspora to acknowledge past trauma, embrace healing, build connections, and create systems and supports to effect change in our global and local communities.

Join Our Vision, Shape Our Impact: Become a Board Member!

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in your community? Join Anolee Sisters dynamic team as a Board Member and contribute to our mission of creating lasting change. As a Board Member, you will have the opportunity to lend your expertise and insights to help guide our strategic initiatives and decision-making processes. Your role will involve attending board meetings, offering your perspective on organizational matters, participating in discussions to shape our goals, and supporting fundraising efforts. This is a chance to collaborate with like-minded individuals dedicated to driving meaningful social progress. If you’re interested or have any questions we invite you to reach out ino@anolesisters.org

Meet the Founder

Rufo Jiru


Rufo Jiru is the founder of Anolee eSisters. This organization came about as a result of Rufo’s observations of the past trauma affecting her community, and the lack of resources available to women in particular. She felt moved to build connections and community for Oromo women to provide sister-to-sister support. 

 Rufo’s background is working in biotechnology for over 15 years as a Research Chemist.  She enjoys different activities as an advocate for Oromo parents in need of connections to local resources. Rufo has served the Oromo Community as a board member from 2016-2018. Rufo is an active member of the Disability Support International Advisory Working group and the MN Autism Council group. She is currently a board member on the    

Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN) and the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN). The MN Department of Human Services recently awarded Rufo the Civic Engagement Award for 2020. This award recognizes individuals who make their communities stronger through civic participation. 

Maren Christenson Hofer


Maren Christenson Hofer’s interest in working with women & children within the Oromo community began through her friendship with Rufo Jiru, whom she met through a shared interest in supporting children with disabilities. Maren’s commitment to working with immigrant communities is rooted in her career in international business development in the medical device industry, where she was frequently the beneficiary of the kindness of strangers during her travels. Her background working in health systems and regulatory environments as well as cross-cultural communication provided a natural segue into working with the Oromo population to make sure health needs are met. 

Maren is currently a board member on the   Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN) and an active member of the MN Autism Council group. 

Maren & Rufo work together to build bridges between the Oromo community and service providers, with the goals of ensuring access and building capacity within the community.