Marie Grace Imanariyo
Marie Grace Imanariyo was born in Rwanda where she lived with her parents and her two older sisters. She graduated from Lycee De Kigali in 2014, where she was Class President for two years. In school, she was involved in several clubs, including the Leadership International Club, the Red Cross Club, and the Environmental Club - where she was an advisor. Through International Citizen Services, she volunteered at TEARFUND, where she expanded her education on poverty alleviation. For her SHE-CAN Take The Lead project, Marie Grace worked in the Bweramvura Refugee Camp in Kigali, where she learned about the refugees' living conditions and educated them on the role of hygiene in preventing waterborne and airborne diseases. Over the past year, she took an online course to improve her mathematics skills before college. She also worked with WorldWideWomen, building web pages for women’s organizations around the world. Marie Grace is very passionate about using technology to fight poverty in Rwanda. In particular, she wishes to improve means of communication and distribution of electricity throughout the country by designing innovative software programs targeted at these issues. Marie Grace began her freshman year at Muhlenberg College in the Fall, where she majors in Computer Science.