DuHope is an ethical brand that creates opportunity for Rwandan women to exit sex work. To date we have equipped over 30 women with job skills, spiritual development, education, and a way to earn a sustainable income with dignity. We currently have 11 women in artisan training that have a desire to take their skills to the next level. At DuHope we create a safe and holistic way for women to exit sex work while walking alongside them in faith, hope, love, and dignity.
When you purchase jewelry and handmade soap made by DuHope, you are investing in:
- Equipping women with job skills, jewelry-making skills, workforce readiness skills and additional training needed to assist her out of sex work.
- Counseling to care for her wounded past and help her make wise choices for her family’s future.
- Discipleship through sharing God’s Word, praying with her, and continuous spiritual development.
- On-site childcare so little children are not left home alone.
- Health training and medical assessments to better care for themselves.
- Healthy meals for the women and children on-site.
- A safe environment to learn and work.
DuHope is a social enterprise started by Belay Global. Through generous donors and the purchase of handmade jewelry, accessories, and soap we are able to 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. By creating an environment of dignity, honor, and dedication, DuHope is creating opportunity for women to have sustainable livelihoods.
Selling her body for less than a dollar per client, the women at DuHope were desperate. Many have suffered trauma as a result of poverty and being highly vulnerable women. Poverty forced them to leave their villages and come to the capital city of Kigali to find work, but 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 job skills, the only asset these women could see was selling their own bodies to survive.