THE Dream Beauty Academy

A polished look is important in Rwandan culture, and women with discretionary income often spend considerable time at the salon. As a result, salons in Rwanda are plentiful and pay hairstylists well. The Dream Beauty Academy was founded with the intention of empowering women unable to access traditional education with the skills necessary to build a career in the beauty industry.


The Dream Beauty Academy is a non-profit cosmetology school in Kigali, Rwanda. It opened in 2012 in partnership with the Academy of Hair Design in Springfield, MO and is a sister school to the vocational sewing program. Both operate at Africa New Life’s Ministry Center in Kigali, Rwanda.

Fifteen women are enrolled annually in hair braiding, cutting, styling, and coloring courses, as well as manicures and pedicures. All women attend weekly devotionals and intensive entrepreneurship training from an accredited trainer.

After graduation, all students receive a kit of supplies, and six top students are invited back for an intensive internship. However, all 2019 graduates found gainful employment so easily that none were available for the 2020 internships!

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Classes are offered to women for a nominal charge, and Africa New Life relies on donated scholarships to make classes happen. You can provide a scholarship to an individual woman today! Partial and full scholarships make a valuable impact. A full scholarship for the year-long program is $1,800, and partial scholarships can be provided beginning at $25/month.

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