Alphosine Niyigena, proprietor of Universal Beauty Academy, is among several Rwandan women who have benefited from policies that empower women.
Universal Beauty Academy (UBA) is the first of its kind in the country. Niyigena says she spent about Rwf120 million to establish her business. The school has the capacity to accommodate 360 students in shifts. Two halls are used for theoretical classes in beauty therapy and hair dressing while six smaller rooms are for practical classes, that will start on July 1st, 2012.
After spending five years working at the Auditor General‘s office, she set up a consultancy firm, Worldwide Initiatives, that deals with economic studies, finance and auditing.