Peninah was born Uganda as a refugee but later returned with her family to be raised in Rwanda, after the genocide. Peninah was first in her class almost every semester of high school at Groupe Scolaire Mere Du Verbe, and earned a nearly perfect score on the Rwanda National Exam. Peninah served at different leadership position throughout high school such as the Student Body President, and President of the school newspaper and the speech & debate team, which she founded. Outside of school, Peninah created an organization that supports orphans in the community surrounding her church. Peninah is a double major in Public Health and International relations at Muhlenberg College and is involved in different organizations on campus such as Black student association and International student association. She is also involved in the community around campus through Habitat for Humanity and Community Bike Works, a nonprofit where she interned this summer and developed a curriculum for the youth literacy programs. Her goal is to work to improve healthcare for orphans or children at risk in Rwanda.