Small business & micro loans Program
In Uganda, there are two areas which we focus on. Danida, in the province of Jinja, is one of the poorest regions in the country, and the Acholi Quarter in Kampala, where many people live on only $1 a day. To help with this crisis, our partners at Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda (EHU) conducted various interviews and training sessions with the people of our 22STARS group in both Jinja and Kampala.
We could see different challenges that were impeding the growth of their business, such as illiteracy, poor time management and a negative outlook regarding business growth. Many of the attendees were also concerned with sharing their difficulties in running a business, even though the group could help to find solutions.
In 2017, 22STARS partnered with EHU, to give Community Entrepreneurship training to the families of our 22STARS children in the Danida Area of Jinja and the Acholi Quarter in Kampala. The families first received an intensive four week training from EHU. Together with EHU we created in-depth personal profiles for each participant to see how we could help them the most. We then gave the participants small loans, set up a saving system, and monitored their progress.The most common small businesses our beneficiaries started were: food stalls, hospitality, clothing (tailoring and thrift stores), and local transport (mototaxi).
Alongside the small business program, we also empower 42 women through our 22STARS jewellery project. However, as jewellery production is dependent on the demand from the Western market, our women do this only on an order basis and we encourage them to run their own locally based businesses. If you would like to know more about how your jewellery purchase helps the women and children, check out our artisan page.
Lasting growth depends on the empowerment of communities through education, skill-building, control of natural resources, and effective interaction with society and their governments . The best way to move forward is to ensure that the families of the children we work with can become self-sustainable. Availability of small, but repeated loans is, in the long-term, expected to positively impact their poverty.
We provided interest-free loans to 64 people of our 22STARS group to enable them to initiate and grow their business ideas and micro enterprises. The first round was successful and the beneficiaries could pay back the loan and saw their businesses grow.
Our programs do not only benefit our sponsored 22STARS children, but also their parents! On this page we would like to introduce you to in particular the mothers (and fathers) of our children who are participating in our Economic Development Program. Below you can find the people who participated successfully in our Small Business Training and Micro Loan Program in Jinja and Kampala, which was carried out by our local partner 'Hands Entrepreneur Uganda' (EHU). Following the training, these entrepreneurs have been granted either one or two micro-loans, and we are now monitoring them and following up on their progress. Our priority is to make sure that they are meeting their goals and that their business is growing. Their success is our success! Let us know if you would like to contribute to expanding their business.
"The best way to help people out of poverty is by making
sure they become self-sustainable!"
Grace is married with 5 children.
She works as a retailer in whole sale products.
Amal Margret lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala. She is married and has two sons and two daughters. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living.
Proscovia lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala. She is married and has two sons and one daughter. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living.
David lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala. He is married and has one daughter. He works as a retailer in whole sale products.
Esther is married with four kids. She works as an hairdresser.
Florence is married with one daughter. She works as a retailer in whole sale products.
Lucy is married with five kids. She works as a retailer in whole sale products.
Esther lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala and has two daughters and three sons. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living.
Nekolina lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala. She is married and has four sons and seven daughters. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living.
Scovia is married with one daughter and one son. She works as a retailer in whole sale products.
Josephine lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala. She is married and has three daughters and five sons. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living.
Josephine lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala. She is married and has five daughters and two sons. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living. She joined the business training and we provided her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.
Stella lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala. She is married and has six girls and one son. She has a small kiosk selling beers and sodas. She joined the business training and we provided her a small loan and she has since improved her business.
Christine is married and has three sons and five daughters. She works as a tailor. She joined the business training and we provided her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.
Harriet lives in the Acholi quarter in Kampala, she has one daughter and one son. She sells vegetables and groundnut paste to make a living.
Jennifer is a single mother and has two daughters and one son. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living. She joined the business training and we provided her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.
Susan Laker is our project leader in Kampala and has been living in the Acholi quarter for 10 years.
Once 22STARS foundation was opened all her three children were sponsored. She works as a tailor.
Lilian is a widow and has 3 daughters and one son. She has 5 years experience selling Malwa (millet beer).
Richard is married with 4 children and lives in Acholi quarter. Richard runs a small pharmacy in the Acholi quarter.
Beatrice helps us with our nutrition project. She cooks every Sunday for all 200 kids and buys the food for them. She loves cooking.
Onoba Harriet is originally from the northern part of Uganda, but moved to Jinja during the long civil war. She has 5 children, and one of them, Onoba Joshua, is sponsored by 22STARS. She runs a small pig farm.
Muwanguzi Betty is married with 7 children, one of which, Katusabe Ganda, is sponsored by 22STARS. She has a small business selling chips.
Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi
Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi is a single mother with one child, Nakityo Samantha, who is sponsored by 22STARS. She started her own boutique.
Nachwera Grace is married and has 6 children, Sanyura Mercy is sponsored by 22STARS. She owns a kids clothing store.
Margriet went to school up to primary 4, but because of poverty her parents could not afford to send her to school for longer. Margriet is a widow and has 6 children and 12 grandchildren. She is currently producing herbal soap.
Kasadha Faith Mpanaguye
Faith has 6 children and 10 grandchildren with whom she lives, in a hut made of mud with thatched-grass roofs or corrugated iron roofs. She owns a small grocery shop.
Aidah Wafula is our project leader in Jinja and the wife of Pastor David Wafula. She is a teacher by profession and has four children: Esther, Vicky, Samantha and Ethan, all are sponsored by the foundation 22STARS. Aidah runs a tailoring business.
Ouma Moses is married with 6 children. In the past he has been engaged in different businesses, including working as a mototaxi and in a retail shop, but now he has been working in the cosmetic business with his wife.
Pastor David Wafula is Aidah’s husband. He holds a Bachelor degree in Theology and a Master's degree In Organizational Leadership and Management. In his free time, he loves singing and making people laugh. His business is mobile money.
Ruth loves helping to cook for the kids on Saturday in Jinja. She is very outgoing and talkative. She enjoys spending time with her friends and she likes to run and play netball.
Aboo Norah lives in Jinja. One of her children is sponsored by the foundation 22STARS.She set up a small kiosk to sell different products (hand crafts, clothes, jewellery).
Kisakye Zuena was born in Mbale in East Uganda. Zuena has 6 children and 9 grandchildren. Her husband died many years ago. She now lives with five of her grandchildren who take care of her. One of her children is supported by the foundation 22STARS. She has a small meat and oats business.
Irene Irama was born in Jinja. She has six children and she is separated from her husband, who however continues to support their children financially, although sometimes he does not earn enough to support their basic needs.
On top of the jewellery business that gives her some income, Irene also has a small chicken business.
Akumu Ritah was born in Danida, Jinja. She started to make paper beads in 2013. She would love to start her own beauty salon and she hopes that by selling the jewellery she will be able to earn enough money to afford it. Ritah also has one son. She is a separated from her husband whom continues to support the child financially. She has set up a small kiosk and she started mobile money business.
Onduru Mary was born in Arua Marracha, migrated from Sudan to Uganda in order to escape the LRA conflict. She has now lived in the Acholi Quarter for almost 22 years. Her husband died from HIV and she now has to take care of her 5 children by herself. One of them, Amina, is sponsored by 22Stars. Apart from making jewellery, Mary works in the stone quarry and also sells charcoal.
Alum Kevin was born in Kitgum Lagoro and she has been living in Acholi Quarter for 25 years. Her husband died of HIV and she escaped from the LRA conflict after her mother was killed. All of her brothers and sisters were tortured and they are significantly traumatised because of that. Kevin is still trying to overcome the pain.
She owns a oil business.
Odong Janet was born in Dokolo Lira and she came to Kampala 25 years ago after fleeing the war. She is HIV positive and her husband died from HIV. She is now alone in looking after her children and 4 grandchildren. Two of her children are sponsored by the 22Stars Foundation. She owns a retail shop.
Aketo Rose was born in Gulu Godown and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for about 30 years. She is a widow, as her husband was killed by the LRA. She managed to escape to Kampala and survived. She has also lost two children. She is now supporting her two remaining children and five grandchildren. Besides making jewellery she sells charcoal in the local market.
Asayo Beatrice was born in Dokolo Lira and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 10 years. Beatrice lost all her siblings in the civil war. Their homes were destroyed, but Beatrice managed to escape to Kampala and survived. Her kids, Moses and Marita, are sponsored by the 22STARS foundation. Beatrice sells mobile items and has a tailoring business.
Adero Evalyn lives with her husband and three children in the Acholi Quarter. She makes paper jewellery and has a small vegetable business. Two of her children, Noreen and Mercy, are currently sponsored by the 22STARS foundation.
Lanyero Stella has been living in the Acholi Quarter for the past 15 years. She is separated from her husband who moved away and is not supporting his children. Two of her children (Emmanuel and Joel) are sponsored by the Foundation 22STARS. Besides making jewellery Stella also works in a beauty salon.
Anena Beatrice was born in Gulu Pece and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for 17 years. She had eight children, but tragically, three of them died, one was killed while they were fleeing the LRA and the other two died from malaria. She is now a widow because her husband died of HIV (she is also HIV positive). Four of her children are sponsored by 22STARS and she is now part of the jewellery program. Besides the jewellery, she runs a small nut paste and sim sim (sesame) business.
Atim Alice was born in Gulu and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 11 years. She is a widow as her husband died of heart failure. She is the mother of Melissa, the only girl to have graduated among the children sponsored by 22STARS. Alice works in a factory besides being part of the 22STARS jewellery program and owning a sweet potato and charcoal business.
Achan Grace was born in Pabo Amuru but she has lived in the Acholi Quarter for 24 years. She is a widow, as her husband died working as a soldier in Somalia. During the LRA conflict, they abducted all the people from her family and and seized power in her village, but she managed to escape to Kampala, which saved her life.She has 6 children and one of them, Isaac, is sponsored by 22STARS.Aside from making paper beads she works as a tailor.
Robinah is 40 years old and is a single mother with 6 children, four of which, currently live with her. Until recently, she has been working selling clothes, but she has now started working in a small grocery shop.
Olivia is 40 years old and is a single mother with 4 children. She has been working in a grocery shop since 2010.
Rose is 38 years old and a single mother of 2 children, Kato Isaac and Babyrie Rebecca, both of whom are sponsored by the 22STARS Foundation. She works in a vegetable shop.
Margaret is 33 years old and she is married with 5 children.
She has been working with her husband in pig and matooke (a variety of banana) farming.
Monica is 38 years old and she is married with 5 children.She has been working for over 10 years selling fruit and sugar cane, as she has a small sugar cane plantation.
Erina is 32 years old and she is married with 4 children. She owns a local restaurant in Danida, Jinja.
Justine is 28 years old and is a single mother of two. She has been teaching primary school and for the last two years, she has also been operating a small grocery business.
Kisakye Koote Juliet
Juliet is 32 years old and she is a single mother of one. She is planning to start a business selling second hand clothes.
Scovia is married and has 4 children. She runs a small bakery business.
Doreen helps us by teaching the children after school. She helps them with their homework and to make sure they do well in school. Doreen loves singing and dancing.
Lukia helps us cook for the children on Saturday in Jinja and to keep our office clean. She loves dancing and having fun with her friends.
Catherine has one child sponsored by the Foundation, Nambuya Zura. She sells water and vegetables.
Tito has two children sponsored by the Foundation, Kato Florent and Manjeri Sarah. She runs a plastic retail shop.
Suubi has two children sponsored by the Foundation, Odongo Ezra and Mirembe Favor. She runs a small food kiosk.
Wamahoro has one child sponsored by the Foundation, Byaruhanga Joseph. She sells fruit and vegetables to earn a living.