We are deeply saddened to announce that Leila Janah, LXMI Founder and CEO, passed away last night due to complications from Epithelioid Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. She was 37 years old.

Leila spearheaded a global impact sourcing movement and was a champion for environmental sustainability and ending global poverty. She was the founder and CEO of three organizations, all with a common mission to “Give Work”; Samasource, a global technology leader in training data annotation and machine learning validation; LXMI, a fair-trade, organic skin care company; and Samaschool, a non-profit focused on reskilling for the new economy.

​Her commitment to creating a better world was unparalleled. The ripple effects of her work will be felt for generations. We are all committed to continuing Leila’s work and to ensuring her legacy and vision is carried out for years to come.

We will miss Leila's infectious laugh, her tenacious spirit, and her ability to inspire all she encountered to be a force for good in the world. Our deepest sympathies extend to Leila’s husband, Tassilo, her stepdaughter, her family, and her friends. 

With love,
The LXMI Family

More information to come.

  • I also did not know of Leila until today. However, I do have a product that I LOVE called Pure Nilotica Melt that I received in one of my cosmetic subscriptions. I heard of Leila today, on the Today Show with Willy Geist in the United States. I’m saddened by her loss. She sounds like a remarkable young lady of only 37 years of age. She was remarkable in her short life. GONE TOO SOON! I will continue to purchase her products so that I may help the women in South Africa. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends, family and all that knew and love Leila. What a great loss to the world. RIP Leila. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🌹🌹❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻 Linda M.

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  • I am deeply saddened as I have only just learned of the amazing work that Leila did in her amazing too short life this morning as the Today Show as a life well lived. And that it certainly was. I just read both about all the amazing efforts and successes she had with her companies completely committed to helping, doing and being better trying to save this world from the injustices and the harm to our world. I hope to now follow these companies Leila founded and try to be better. I pray for her entire family and the company. May she Rest In Peace. And may we all follow in her footsteps to be better humans. #leilastrong #belikeleila

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  • I did not know much about Leila but it is a sad day for us all. I hope her work inspires us all to do better and improve the lives of those that are less fortunate.

    Love and Blessings

    Guri Singh on

  • May she rest in peace. She left a beautiful and inspiring legacy.

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  • Leila spoke at an event called The Powerful U event in Utah. That’s where I learned about her work and LXMI. I was so inspired by her and her love for humanity. I started following her IG and I had messaged her to let her know how much I admired her work and I hope one day I can walk in her footsteps. She was kind and very responsive and from there I looked at her as if she was my mentor. I cried when I learned she had passed – what a beautiful soul and I pray her legacy continues to live on. I will be a forever LXMI customer. Rest in paradise, Leila. You are such a sweetheart with a heart of gold. Wish you could have stayed here longer – I can imagine the positive impact you would have kept creating. Hugs!

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