In May 2015, the Belay Rwanda staff was made aware of some of the most vulnerable women in Rwanda. They saw the desperation that led these women to sell their bodies for sex. The staff knew they had to do something. So they set up a social enterprise business with a strong ministry focus called DuHope. DuHope equips and empowers these women for a better future.


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.

Poverty is the main reason women enter into sex work. They have shared stories of leaving their villages and walking or hitchhiking to the city of Kigali in search of work. Coming from families that were unable to provide stability, sustenance, education, or safety, they hoped to find a better way of life in the city. In addition to having no formal education, many could not even read or write. They were soon faced with a harsh reality—because of their limitations, opportunities were scarce to non-existent. As their only option for survival, they entered into prostitution. These women have been abused, abandoned, and a slave to the cycle of poverty. DuHope creates a safe and holistic way to walk alongside them in faith, hope, love, and dignity. We offer them a path to freedom from a life of bondage.

Most of these women are not forced into prostitution by a person but by circumstances.