Sonam is from Dogar, Paro. She graduated from Drukgyel Central School. Sonam and her three younger siblings are being raised by their single mother, who is a farmer, and elder sister who became employed just a year ago. She achieved 81.25 % in class 12 and earned a half scholarship to study MBBS. Without this scholarship, Sonam would not be able to cover the half of her tuition fees and living expenses. She is now a Loden Scholar studying MBBS in Bangladesh.