Marie Grandoit

Fanm Lajwa

Marie Grandoit was born in Port-au- Prince, Haiti but was raised in the United States for most of her life. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor in Criminology and a minor in Biology and Africana Studies. It has always been her belief that education is the key to success. As such, upon graduating from college, she pursued her Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School. Marie hopes to use her success in education to help motivate young girls to always strive for more and to stay focused on their schoolwork.

Marie has always been passionate and committed to a career in law and public service. It is her passion for Civic engagement and community enrichment that led her to cofounding Fanm Kreyol, Inc. This organization is important to her because she believes in order to effectuate change and grow as a people we must Empower Haitian Women to become leaders in our community; because she believes women play a vital role in our societal success.

Marie lives by the following quote, "you are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

Ruth Georges

Fanm Mevey

Ruth Georges was born in Port-Au- Prince Haiti and moved to the United States in 1990. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a double major in Interdisciplinary Social Science with a concentration in Africana Studies & Psychology and a second degree in Women & Gender Studies. At a young age Ruth possessed a natural desire for public service and that commitment transcended through extracurricular activities. Through her feminist-womanist passion to serve, Ruth cofounded Fanm Kreyol, Inc. March 2nd 2008. This organization is important to her as, she truly believes that women who are empowered can make remarkable changes locally and nationally.

To further her studies and experience in public service in 2015, Ruth attained a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Leadership & Public Policy from the Center of Women in Politics & Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a graduate of this program, Ruth was named the Poly Logan Scholar and she was elected as one of the class representatives in her graduate program. Additionally, she was recognized for her outstanding leadership and public service. Since successfully completing her program, Ruth was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Mattapan & Dorchester Community Liaison and Haitian Liaison for the City of Boston.

Ruth lives by the following quote "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others. –Marianne Williamson.