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Total loan: $4,300

Jamie

Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda / Arts

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A loan helped increase products sold in this social enterprise to help women.


Jamie's story

When Jamie was introduced to several women who had been trafficked in Rwanda, she was inspired to start DuHope, a social enterprise providing new employment opportunities for women leaving sex work. Today, dozens of women make beautiful pieces of jewelry and handmade soap, while DuHope provides them with employment, life skills, counseling, childcare and spiritual guidance.

As DuHope prepares its Spring product line, DuHope will use this loan for bulk purchasing of raw materials, thus, driving down the unit cost and increasing profit back to the women. Duhope uses raw material - like colorful kitenge fabric, essential oils and coconut oil - from local producers in Rwanda and purchases additional leather from nearby Kenya. These pieces are absolutely beautiful - woven earrings or handcrafted leather bracelets with inspiring messages, like HOPE.

With the larger stock this loan will create, DuHope also hopes to export to the US to ensure the women are reaching a global market. The women working at DuHope are paid by the piece, so the more DuHope makes and sells, the more financial benefit to the women in the program, many of whom are just establishing themselves financially. With lower raw materials costs and greater reach, DuHope can create more profit for the women and achieve their social mission through business.