Ansaf Hassan was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1945. She came to the United States with her four children in 1980, joining her husband who had come earlier. She worked as a housekeeper, seamstress, and dental technician.
Eman Elbaeh was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1974. She immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen to marry a U.S. citizen. She is the mother of three children.