The women of DuHope handcraft leather jewelry as a way to provide a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.
DuHope creates a safe and holistic way for women to exit sex work while walking alongside them in faith, hope, love, and dignity.
Selling her body for less than a dollar per client, the women at DuHope are desperate. Many have suffered traumas as a result of poverty causing them to leave their villages and come to the capital city of Kigali to find work, only to end up without a way to survive. Others have become pregnant and are hopeless as to how to care for their children. Lacking education or skills, the only asset these women could see was selling their own bodies.
DuHope is a social enterprise started by Belay Global. We provide a holistic approach to care for these women. They receive needed counseling, on-site childcare, meals, literacy skills, job training and other vital services. With essential training in jewelry and soap-making, they are being empowered to live healthy and purposeful lives.