Irene was born in Gicumbi district Northern Province, Rwanda to a family of five children. She graduated from Cornerstone Leadership Academy with a nearly perfect score on her national exam. Irene’s extracurricular activities are inspired by the difficulties that she sees women and children facing every day. This is the impetus behind Irene’s goal to give back to her community by helping women become self-reliant. Outside the classroom, she served as coordinator of Golden Gates for Africa, an organization that utilizes theater to spread constructive messages to youth. Irene was also a member of Builders of Hope for Africa, where she assisted poor children and families in acquiring school materials. Irene’s SHE-CAN Take the Lead Project is called “The Power of Tomorrow” where she is using educational tools to encourage street children to go back to school. Irene is currently working on a project with WorldWideWomen, helping them create a database to support their marketing strategy. This fall, she will start her freshman year at Gettysburg College where she will study Economics. She believes that if women are encouraged to take part in the country’s economic activities, it will lead to a massive improvement in the country’s development.