By Gift Munyanya
NAMIBIA’S beauty and fashion industry has been seen growing rapidly in recent years and has given birth to quite a number of fashion entrepreneurs.
Twenty-six year-old Aina Kiiyala, a business management student at the Namibian University of Science and Technology has found herself rising and shining like a diamond in the rough since co-founding and establishing her business Infinity Nails Namibia in 2015.
She now stands firm and bold in her passion as a manicure artist and also as a business owner.
“I have a passion for nails and I wanted to be creative as much as possible after seeing how other people did their nails and I told myself that nothing would stand in my way to achieve what I wanted. So my passion was a driving force,” said Kiiyala.
Like any other entrepreneur that has made it possible and succeeded in business, challenges are inevitable and for many times this has led to some entrepreneurs failing to blossom but Kiiyala said this has not been the case with her.
“I faced a lot of challenges in the beginning which I believed it was a phase that every business has to go through, I lacked skills and I never had equipment to do what I wanted so I started watching tutorials on YouTube and began to practice at home on family members and friends.” Kiiyala added: “It was tough as there came a point in time when I wanted to give up on my passion but I remembered the reason why I started and my passion drove me throughout this stage and I wanted to create a brand that would speak for itself.
In the business world, Kiiyala added, hard work and determination pay off and since the establishment of her business in 2015, it has grown to a point where they have started to offer training and workshops to women who have a passion for manicure.
“I conduct trainings all over Namibia depending on where there is demand. I feel that the business has not grown to the level I can employ but it is something am looking into.There was a beginner’s course which took place on 27 May in Windhoek and the next one is scheduled for the 1 June in Ongwediva and Oshakati.” According to Kiiyala, being a business management student, helps in her business endeavors as her studies are in line with what she does.
“I combine the knowledge I get from my course with the skills I have gained in my business practice and it really works well for me.
The success of a business is measured through customer services and this is something I learn from school and I put it in practice in my business and it has helped me a lot over the years.”
She further stressed that as opposed to the multitudes of graduates who wait for government and corporate entities to create employment for them, she has opted to indentify a need in the community from which she can earn a living.
“We all have a God-given talent and one should look deep into it and cultivate the talent. Look beyond the circumstances and create value with what you can do, invest your time and resources into something that you have passion about and build a legacy out of it.”
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