Stephanie Blount, Country Director
Stephanie recently earned her Master’s in Global Public Policy at University of Berkeley, California Goldman School of Public Policy. She is passionate about the empowerment of women, especially in the context of economic development. In 2011, she worked with TIP and the Ihangane Ruli Artisan Association to identify strategic approaches that gradually minimize dependency upon external assistance. They worked together to describe strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of their businesses. Through their work together, the artisans were able to obtain national recognition as an official artisan cooperative. As Country Director, Steph brings an empowering approach to leadership that fosters teamwork and respects local talent.
Mukeshimana Gratien, Assistant to Country Director
Gratien has a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry through the High Institute of Agriculture & Animal Husbandry in Busogo, Rwanda. He began working with The Ihangane Project through a 2011 internship in which he partnered with Stephanie Blount to provide business development skills to the Women Artisan Program. As Assistant to Country Director, he brings a wide array of skills to TIP. He provides translation, supports all programming, and will be integral to establishing farming cooperatives at each of the 7 health centers in the catchment area of Ruli District Hospital.
Ngarambe Jean de Dieu, Coordinator of Women’s Business Development
As the Coordinator for the Women’s Associations Partnership, Ngarambe is the glue that has made this project possible. Because of his excellent language skills, he tirelessly translates at meetings, for craft orders, and in emails. Ngarambe has been attending business school at the National University of Rwanda, Butare since January 2011. He skillfully shares his academic knowledge with Ihangane Ruli Cooperative to creatively improve access to local markets.
Uwamahoro Delphine, Program Lead Clinical Nutrition Program
Delphine began working with The Ihangane Project as a translator for our 2012 WDI Global Impact Fellow. She quickly demonstrated her impressive skills in communication, empathy and ability to understand systems. In her current role, Delphine oversees the implementation of the Clinical Nutrition Program for HIV-Exposed Infants. She works with all stakeholders to develop a strong, systematic program that can be duplicated at all health centers in the catchment area of Ruli District Hospital.
Ndikubwayo Jean Pierre, Agronomist
Jean Pierre, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Soil & Environment Management from the National University of Rwanda, is our newest team member. He is passionate about serving vulnerable populations, and loves to teach and foster community collaboration. His goal with the Ihangane Project is to teach the best ways to promote sustainable soil and environmental protection/conservation, while also encouraging good health. He is undertaking a weekend Masters program in Public Health at the Mount Kenya University,Kigali campus. Welcome Jean Pierre!