For decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been shattered by civil war. North Kivu province, in particular, continues to feel the effects of years of conflict and instability. Unemployment is rampant, access to quality healthcare is limited and security is tenuous at best. In the face of these challenges, the majority of Congolese people struggle to thrive.
Increasingly, women unable to afford schooling turn to prostitution as a source of income. In the city of Beni, an estimated 250 houses of prostitution operate, employing more than 300 women. Without skills training or education, none of them sees any other way to survive.
Video and production by Anne Bailey