Portia was born in Kigali, Rwanda to a family of three children. She feels her mother’s strength and her relentless support have greatly contributed to who she is today. She was fortunate to attend Gashora Girls Academcy of Science and Techonlogy, one of the most prestigious schools in Rwanda, thanks to the financial aid offered to outstanding students. She graduated from Gashora in 2015 where she exceeded expectations in the Rwanda National Exam. Outside the classroom, she was the chief editor of the school magazine where she helped to produce pieces that described all the activities that would go on inside the classroom. She also was the leader of a drama club that carried out community service projects such as distributing books to children in prison. The goal of Portia’s SHE-CAN Take the Lead Project, which she named ‘Color a Woman’s World,’ was to paint the houses of divorced women, widows and the elderly in order to create a safer living environment. She is also a regular contributor on a local creative art and culture website called Mellowviews.com, and recently the whole team contributed in releasing a digital magazine - a feat she is very proud of! Currently, she is raising books for a foundation called “Love the Kids Foundation” because she believes reading helps people grow in tremendous ways. Moreover, Portia worked part-time to contribute to her household’s income. She was the digital marketing officer for both a fast-food restaurant called Makfast and a lodge called Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge. This fall, Portia will be studying Economics at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about inspiring other women and helping them to start their own businesses, because she herself was raised by a businesswoman. Portia also wants to be part of Rwanda’s fast-growing economy by making economic policies that would positively impact Rwanda’s development.