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    We want to make all families self-sustainable!

    Small business projects

  • Small Business & Micro Loans Program

    The best way to help people out of poverty is by making sure they can provide for themselves.

    Lasting growth depends on the empowerment of communities of women and men through education, skill-building, access, control of natural resources, and the resources necessary for effective interaction with civil society and their governments​. Hence the best way to move forward is making sure that the families of the children we work with can become self-sustainable. 22STARS partnered up with Entrepreneurs Hands Uganda EHU to give Community Entrepreneurship trainings to the families of our 22STARS kids in the Danida slum of Jinja and the Acholi Quarter slum in Kampala. The families got first an intensive four week training from EHU. Together with EHU we created in depth personal profiles for every participant to see how we can help them most. Then we gave the participants zero interest loans, and we set up a saving system and monitored their progress closely. Due to lack of funding we gave only part of the group a loan and hope to expand this in future.

     

    While the beneficiaries are expected to pay back the loans to 22STARS, we know that they face many challenges in order to do this, like personal illness or a sick family member, corruption, unexpected price changes and prolonged drought. We help them tackling those challenges. And we give extra rewards to who pays back the loan within a certain time frame, but we don't punish people who are not able to pay back because of circumstances that were not in their control. The money we receive back from the loans are re-invested in future loans and our social projects benefitting the whole community, hence we will not pay you back. But we of course will give you a report on how your money has been spent and how it has impacted the beneficiaries.

    The most common small businessess are: selling smokes fish, tailoring, retail shop, vegetables, charcoal selling, bar, saloon, selling of second hand clothes, selling of sweet potatoes, selling of charcoal, chapatti making, boda boda and selling of food.

     

    Besides the small business program we also empower 42 women through our 22STARS jewellery. As the making of jewellery is very dependent on the western market, the women do this only on an order basis and we encourage them to run their own locally based businesses. If you like to know more about how your jewellery purchase helps the women and kids, check out our artisan page.

  • Training conducted by EHU in JINJA

    Learn more about the challenges and achievements of our Jinja group

    Background of Danida slums in Jinja

    According to previous and current research conducted by the Uganda Bureau of statistics, Busoga (Eastern Ugandan) is one of the poorest regions in the country, the number of poor people in living in rural areas is approximated to be 10 million. To be part of the solution to this crisis, Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda through its campaign “ Entrepreneurship for Development”,was founded and established in Jinja District, Busoga region in Eastern Uganda with the main objectives being poverty eradication and reduction of unemployment through entrepreneurship knowledge, experience and skills training within its programs-Youth Vocation Program, Farmers/Peasants program, Community Entrepreneurship Program and Enterprise/corporate program.

     

    The Community Entrepreneurship Program is a entrepreneurship training program carried out in Busoga and Eastern region slums and communities for empowerment and financial literacy. The program activities include; business mentorship for those with businesses, exposure visits, coming up with business ideas (business opportunities), monitoring and evaluation, accounting, pitching, agri-business skills, business plan development, feasibility study and profiling each of the trainees.

     

    The Danida Community Entrepreneurship program is a partnership between EHU and the 22STARS foundation with an aim of equipping community parents with entrepreneurship knowledge and skills so as to startup and grow their micro/small enterprises. 22STARS is established in Danida slum, Walukuba Division, Jinja District and provides education, medication and other basic necessities to needy and orphaned children in the area.
     

    Strategic objectives

    • To equip the program beneficiaries with financial management skills, access to financial support (interest free loans), help starting up micro enterprises.
    • To install a culture of preferring to use the individual’s available resources while building a business rather than relying on bank loans that typically have high interest rates and security.
    • To install a strong and effective culture of saving among the participants. Some beneficiaries have savings but in a volatile economy where cash flow can be an issue, having savings is not always appreciated compared to using the money to address immediate needs.
    • Reduce situations of potential drop out by bringing all major stakeholders to the table, along with local financial institutions, in order to design interventions that will prevent families from relying solely on waiting for donations or financial aid.

    Achievements Of The Jinja Training Program

    During October 2017 the following activities were accomplished;


    • 32 participants were profiled after the training.
    • 32 out of 32 trainees attended the sessions conducted by EHU.
    • 17 out of 32 participants started conducting bookkeeping for their businesses.
    • 20 out of 32 participants developed a business model.
    • 15 out of 25 enterprises were visited by members of 22 STARS.
    • One of the participants, Kisakye Silva, using the resources available through the program started a new enterprise selling refreshments and cold drinks. She had previously left business due to an inability to cover her expenses, rent, electricity and other unforeseen circumstances.
    • In October 2017, another participant, Nakwera Grace, was able to resume her business of selling second-hand clothing. She had had to close her business previously because of health issues, reduced profit and advice to change her business to food production. However, after further market research and experience, she realised that the clothing business is better because she earns a greater profit.
    • 97% of participants are willing to use their savings to start up and expand their business, thus reducing the external support needed to meet the required start-up capital.

    Entrepreneur Hands Uganda Findings For The Jinja Group

    One of the objectives of the project is to equip beneficiaries with skills to become self-sufficient and responsible citizens through educating them about entrepreneurship. Therefore, EHU moved into Danida slum to start developing a program to tackle some of the major issues affecting the entrepreneurs.

     

    The problems were in relation to environment, debt, sanitation and health. Among the problems cited by the community were poor nutrition, loss of hope, and poor sanitation. It was identified these were the major issues that were not being worked on, and that keep the community in poverty.
     

    THE RESULTS OF THE 22STARS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING IN JINJA

    The training was attended by 32 individuals: 30 women and 2 men. 97% were parents and 60% had business ideas but had yet to get them off the ground. 90% live in the Danida community, 9% in neighbouring communities and 1% in other communities within Jinja District.


    EHU trained them on how to start up sustainable businesses, networking, analysing business development for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), managing finances, developing a Business Model Canvas (BMC), market research, savings plan, being active citizens, identifying poverty spotlights and how to overcome them.

    Challenges of the Jinja group

    Some beneficiaries, struggled with time management, others found it hard to take the process seriously and others still struggled with illiteracy.

    Recommendations for the Jinja group

    • Giving low or zero interest soft loans to participants to help them grow their businesses.
    • Participants identifying more poverty spotlights and working on the ones already identified.
    • Printing handouts for the beneficiaries to aid them during EHU trainings.
    • Ongoing monitoring of the participants to track their progress.

    We gave zero interest loans to half of the group.

    The program will positively impact the community if enterprises, challenges and recommendations are continuously monitored and evaluated.
    We started giving zero interest loans to part of the group, which we closely monitored. Aidah Nambozo, who is the project manager of 22STARS in Danida, monitored the impact of the loans and whether they were able make their repayments. We conducted several in between reports to see how the group has progressed. In September 2018 we evaluated to see how many people were able to pay back their loans, whether they would benefit from a second loan and we awarded loans to a second group.

    Would you like to join us in providing our women entrepreneurs with a loan?

    We wish to raise 2000 euro in order to give all the women that participated in the training a loan (scroll down to read the women's profiles).Depending on the business they are in, the loan they will receive will vary between 75 euro and 200 euro.
    Once we have the full amount of 2000 euro, we will start distributing the loans and at the same time providing guidance and monitoring. Please indicate with your donation who you wish to support, and we will keep you informed and send you a report on how your donation has been used.

  • Training conducted by EHU in KAMPALA

    Learn more about the challenges and achievements of our Kampala group.

    Background of Acholi Quarter in Kampala

    Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda (EHU) is a social enterprise company whose goal is to use the power of entrepreneurship to eradicate unemployment and poverty.

    With centres in Jinja, Busoga and the eastern region of Uganda, they continue to grow through projects, networking activities, and partnership activities with companies. EHU uses entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and experiences to train communities, institutions and individuals about self-employment and job creation in the hope of creating a positive social impact and a better world. The training programs centre on the theme of “start small and grow big”. EHU aims to encourage, motivate and train participants to growing and starting up enterprises with use of their available resources and networks.


    Communities make up a country and it’s through communities that individuals understand the key and basic concepts of an economy. The community entrepreneurship program focuses on training communities with entrepreneurship knowledge and skills to start up and grow micro, small, medium and large enterprises through available resources and networks.

     

    Acholi quarter is a poverty stricken community in Kampala. The community is comprised of mostly Acholi people who fled from war affected areas in Northern Uganda during the civil war from 1986-2009. The community also comprises of many other tribes i.e. Busoga, Baganda, Itesos, Banyankole, Banyarwanda. Stone quarrying is the most common form of employment which was, and still is, being carried. However, many people are leaving the quarry as increasing market demand has meant that new opportunities for business have become available.
    22STARS foundation is an organisation that is positively impacting the Acholi Quarter community by providing education and medical support to children. It is currently facilitating the entrepreneurship skills and knowledge training conducted by Entrepreneurs hand Uganda (EHU) so as to equip the youths, adults and parents with sustainable business ideas in order to make their passion a reality and help them to help themselves.
     

    STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

    • To shift the beneficiaries’ mind-set away from a dependency on high interest and risky bank loans to focusing on how to use their available resources to start and grow their business.
    • To equip beneficiaries with financial management skills so that they can become financially stable and utilise their micro enterprises for a better lifestyle.
    • To install an effective saving culture among beneficiaries so that they are better able to deal with unexpected incidents and to maintain the project in the future independently, without the help of 22STARS loans.
    • To provide interest free loans from 22STARS foundation to all beneficiaries in order to enable participants to start-up and grow their business ideas and micro enterprises.

    ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE TRAINING PERIOD

    During the training in November 2017, the following activities were accomplished:


    • 25 beneficiaries attended the training sessions and were subsequently profiled.
    • 5 beneficiaries opted to kick start their business ideas after getting the interest-free loans as promised by 22STARS foundation.
    • All beneficiaries developed business ideas, business model canvases and SWOT Analysis for their intended business ideas and growth of micro enterprises.
    • 20 beneficiaries intended to grow their businesses with the knowledge and skills learnt in the training period and the available resources and interest-free loan.
    • 5 enterprises were visited.
    • During the training, Lucy Lanyero, one of the beneficiaries discovered she could start and grow her business with the resources she had available. As demand for clothes was high owing to the festive season, she went and purchased stock of second-hand clothing, which she then was able to have ready to sell to her target customers in the village.

    Entrepreneur Hands Uganda Findings For The Kampala Group

    During EHU’s training, one-on-one interaction and business visits, we identified the main issues which affect the community, entrepreneurs’ growth and business start-up ideas.

     

    These problems were in relation to cultural background, environment, and family among others while poor sanitation, negative mindset towards the belief that their ideas would generate a self-sustainable income. All these issues were highlighted as being key to keeping the community in poverty.

    THE RESULTS OF THE 22STARS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING PARTICIPANTS IN KAMPALA

    The training program was attended by 21 women and 4 men. 40% have their businesses established in Kampala alone, 30% have businesses both in Kampala and in the village, 10% are looking to start their businesses in village, while the remaining 20% are looking to start their business in Kampala and then eventually in the Acholi Quarter. 90% are planning on renting their business space, while the remaining 10% operate from their homes. 70% plan on growing businesses in both the village and Kampala while 30% are only looking at growing their business in Acholi quarters and Kampala at large.

    Challenges for the Kampala group

    Like the Jinja groups, some participants were illiterate and struggled with time management skills. The persistence of the mindset that a bank loan is better than available resources for starting and growing a business was a major challenge. Although the training involved brainstorming solutions to potential future problems, many participants were concerned about future hardship with their business.

    Recommendations for the Kampala group

    • Giving low or zero interest loans to participants to grow their businesses.
    • Participants identifying more poverty spotlights and working on the ones already • identified.
    • Ongoing monitoring of the participants to see how they progress.
    • Through attending and participating in weekly, monthly and/or annual business networking events like Uganda Manufacturer Association (UMA) showground, beneficiaries will help grow their customer base and skills, and thus their business in long run.
    The beneficiaries really need a financial boost i.e. interest-free loans that will positively motivate their saving.

    We gave zero interest loans to half of the group

    The program will positively impact the community if enterprises, challenges and recommendations are continuously monitored and evaluated.


    We started giving zero interest loans to one half of the group, which we closely monitored. Susan Laker, the project manager of 22STARS in Acholi Quarter, monitored the impact of the loans and whether they were able to make their repayments. We conducted several in between reports to see how the groups was progressing. Similar to the program in the Jinja district, in September 2018, we evaluated the success of the training program to see how many people were able to pay back their loans, to assess whether a second loan would be of assistance and to give loans to a second group of beneficiaries.

    Would you like to join us in providing our women entrepreneurs with a loan?

    We wish to raise 2,000 euros in order to give all the women that participated in the training a loan (scroll down to check out all the women's profiles).Depending on the business they are in, the loan they will receive will vary between 75 euro and 200 euro. Once we have the full 2000 euro needed, we will start distributing the loans and at the same time providing guidance and monitoring. Please indicate when making your donation who you wish to support, and we will keep you informed and send you a report on how your donation has been used.

  • Meet The Participants Of Our Entrepreneurship Training in Jinja and Kampala and help them supporting them with a loan

    Below you can find the list of the people who participated in our training for small business in Jinja and Kampala.

     

    Following the EHU training these entrepreneurs have been granted either one or two small 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

    Onoba Harriet

    ​Jinja

    Onoba Harriet is 40 years old. She is originally from the northern part of Uganda but moved to Jinja during the long civil war that affected the country, in the hope to find better living conditions. She has 5 children, and one of them, Onoba Joshua, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. In 2017, the foundation also provided Harriet with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects.

    She would like to start a small pig farm but she does not have enough savings to do so. For this reason we have given her a loan to allow her to start this business.

     

    Muwanguzi Betty

    ​Jinja

    Muwanguzi Betty is 36 years old. She lives in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village. She is married with 7 children, one of which, Katusabe Ganda, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. In 2017, the foundation also provided Betty with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She has a small business selling chips and we helped her set it up by granting her a small loan.

    Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi

    ​Jinja

    Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi is 30 years old. She lives in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village, because of her low salary she cannot afford to move to a better area. She is a single mother with one child, Nakityo Samantha, who is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. In 2017, the foundation also provided Rebecca with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She would like to open her own boutique but she does not have enough savings to do it on her own. For this reason we would like to provide her with a loan to allow her to start her business.

    Nechwera Grace

    ​Jinja

    Nachwera Grace is 37 years old. She lives in Danida village in Jinja, because of her low salary she cannot afford to move to a better area. She is married and has 6 children, Sanyura Mercy is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. In 2017, the foundation also provided Grace with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She used to own a clothes shop for kids 2 years ago but she got sick and could not continue to manage it, however she would now like to reopen it.
    She does not have enough savings to do it on her own.
    For this reason we provide her with a loan to allow her to restart her business.

    Nyandira Margriet

    ​Jinja

    Margriet (62) was born in the Masindi district in Uganda and moved to Jinja as a child, and lives in Danida Village, one of the poorest areas. 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, who all went/go to school and now look after her. She is often ill, but she does not want to be dependent on help from others all the time. That’s why she started making jewellery. One of her grandchildren is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform.In 2017, the foundation also provided Margriet with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She is currently producing local herbal soap and she would like to improve her business.
    She has some savings but not enough to boost her business on her own, and for this reason we provided her a with a loan.

     

    Kasadha Faith Mpanaguye

    ​Jinja

    Faith (55) was born in Buikwe district in Uganda. She came to Jinja to find a job about 30 years ago. Faith speaks Usoga, Swahili and Luganda, but never went to school. She was orphaned when she was still very young; both her parents died of AIDS. To earn a living, Faith makes jewellery and does some farming. She has 6 children and 10 grandchildren with whom she lives, in a hut made of mud with thatched-grass roofs or corrugated iron roofs. One of her grandchildren is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. In 2017, the foundation also provided Faith with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She is now in the process of opening a grocery shop, but she does not have enough savings to do so. For this reason we gave her a loan to allow her to start her business.

    Wafula Aidah

    ​Jinja

    Aidah Wafula was born on 25/7/1974 and is the beautiful wife of the 22STARS ambassador Pastor David Wafula. In 2014 Aidah moved to Jinjia, where she helps the women in the Acholi Quarter. She is a teacher by profession and has four children: Esther, Vicky, Samantha and Ethan, three of whom are sponsored by the foundation which provides them their school uniforms and pays for their school fees. For 22STARS, Aidah meets with our designers and gives them support and counselling, through which she helps them to solve problems and stay positive about the future. Aidah is also a talented designer and passes her skills on to the other women. In 2017, the foundation also provided Aidah with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She would like to boost her tailoring business and for this reason we provided her with a loan to allow to buy more materials.

     

    Ouma Moses

    Jinja

    Ouma Moses is 35 years old, he 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. However he would like to improve it. In 2017, the foundation provided Moses with small business training, through which he has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects.
    We granted him a loan and he is starting his own business.

  • Aboo Norah

    ​Jinja

    Aboo Norah is 45 years old. She lives in one of the poorest areas in Jinja, Danida Village. She cannot afford to move to a better area as her husband left her and she has to support on her own her five children. One of her children is sponsored by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. In 2017, the foundation also provided Norah with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. .She was then provided with two small loans and she set up a small kiosk to sell different products (hand crafts, clothes, jewellery).

     

    Kisakye Zuena

    Jinja

    Kisakye Zuena (60 years old) 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 through the provision of school fees and school uniform.In 2017, the foundation also provided Zuena with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects.

    She has a small meat and oats business and she was then provided with two small loans to boost it.

     

    Irene Irama

    Jinja

    Irene Irama (44 years old) was born in Jinja. She went to school up to primary 7. She has six children and she is separated from her husband, who continues to support the 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 has also a small chicken business.In 2017, the foundation also provided Irama with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects.

    She was then provided with two small loans to open a mobile money business.

     

     

    Akumu Ritah

    Jinja

    Akumu Ritah (28 years old) was born in the Danida slum in Jinja, and she went to school up until senior 4.
    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 make earn enough money to afford it. Ritah has also one son. She is separated from her husband, he continues to support the child financially. In 2017, the foundation provided Ritah with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She would like to open her own boutique but the amount of savings she has at the moment do not allow her to do so. She has set up a small kiosk and the foundation helped her with the provision of a small loan to help her start her mobile money business.

     

    Onduru Mary

    Acholi quarter ​

    Onduru Mary was born on 10th August 1962 in Arua Marracha. Mary migrated from Sudan to Kampala because of the civil war and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for almost 22 years. Her husband died from HIV/AIDS and she is now alone in taking care of her 5 kids. Only one of them, Amina, who is 17 years old, is sponsored by 22 STARS. Besides making jewelry she works in the stone quarry and sells charcoal. She has also been participating in the entrepreneurship program for her stone quarry and charcoal business thanks to which she acquired accountancy and business skills. She was granted two small loans to improve her charcoal business by allowing her to buy more stock. Her business has been steadily growing since and she is very happy.

    Alum Kevin

    Acholi quarter

    Alum Kevin was born on 1st January 1968 in Kitgum Lagoro and she has been living in Acholi Quarter for 25 years. Her husband died of HIV/AIDS and she fled from the civil war after her mother was killed. All of her brothers and sisters were tortured and they are mentally traumatized because of that, whereas she is still trying to overcome the pain.


    She is HIV positive and she struggles to save money to manage her disease. She currently makes jewellery and also participates in the business program for extracting and sending oil to the villages.

    Kevin participated to the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she acquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was then granted a small loan to improve her oil business and she has since expanded her business and was able to pay back the loan.

    Odong Janet

    Acholi quarter

    Odong Janet was born on 28th August 1967 in Dokolo Lira and she came to Kampala 25 years ago, fleeing from the civil war. She is HIV positive and her husband died from HIV and she is now alone taking care of her child and 4 grandchildren. Two of the children are sponsored by the foundation. Besides making jewellery, Janet participated to the business training offered by EHU, thanks to which she acquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given a small loan to expand her retail business and she has since expanded her business and paid back the loan.

    Aketo Rose

    Acholi quarter

    Aketo Rose was born on 15th January 1964 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 during the civil war. Rose managed to escape to Kampala and survived. She has also lost two children. She is now supporting her 2 remaining children and five granchildren. Besides making jewellery, she sells charcoal in the local market.

    Rose participated to the business training offered by EHU, thanks to which she acquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was granted two small loans to improve her charcoal business, which allowed her to buy more materials. Her business has been steadily growing since.

    Asayo Odyak Beatrice

    Acholi quarter

    Asayo Beatrice was born on 25th December 1977 in Dokolo Lira and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 10 years. Beatrice lost all her siblings to the LRA during the civil war, and their homes were destroyed. Beatrice managed to escape to Kampala and survived. She is still married to her husband, but their relationship is strained. She has been diagnosed with gonorrhea, and has to take care of her own 5 kids and 4 other children. Two of them, Moses and Marita, are sponsored by the 22STARS Foundation. Besides making jewellery, Beatrice sells mobile items. Her dream however is to work as a tailor.
    She participated in the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she acquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given two small loans to improve her tailoring business, which has been steadily growing ever since.

    Adero Evalyn

    Acholi quarter

    Adero Evalyn was born on the 30th August 1991. She lives with her husband and three children in the Acholi Quarter. Evalyn makes paper jewellery and has a small vegetable business.Two of her children, Noreen and Mercy, are currently sponsored by 22STARS.
    Evalyn participated in the business training held by our partner EH, and she would like to grow her vegetable business.
    She was given a small loan to improve her vegetable business, which has since grown and she was able to pay back the loan.

    Lanyero Stella

    Acholi quarter

    Lanyero Stella was born in 1985 in Kitgum Lagoro and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for the past 15 years. She does not know her exact date of birth and since her and Stella have the same name and are born in 1985 they decided to celebrate their birthday together in 2017. That was her first time ever celebrating her birthday! She is separated from her husband who moved away and who does not support his children. Stella has also been diagnosed with gonorrhea, and has been discriminated by her extended family because of this, and because she has 3 children from 2 different men. Two of her children (Emmanuel and Joel) are sponsored by the Foundation 22STARS. Besides making jewellery, Stella also works in a beauty salon.
    She participated in the business training offered by EHU, thanks to which she acquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given a small loan to improve her salon by allowing her to buy more materials (furniture, rollers, hair dryer, weaves). She has since expanded her salon and paid back the loan.
     

    Anena Beatrice

    Acholi quarter

    Anena Beatrice was born on 10th October 1968 in Gulu Pece and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for 17 years. She has 8 kids, but three of them died, one was killed while she was running away from the LRA during the civil war, 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 sells nut paste and sim sim (sesame seeds) and she would like to expand this business. For this reason Beatrice participated in the business training offered by EHU, thanks to which she acquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given two small loans to improve her sim sim and nut paste business, which has been steadily growing since.

     

    Atim Alice 

    Acholi quarter

    Atim Alice was born on 14th April 1974 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 first to have graduated among 22STARS sponsored children. Alice works in a factory alongside her work with the 22STARS jewellery program. Thanks to her income, she was able to provide school materials and transportation fees for her daughter until she completed school. Now she dreams of building her own house as well as having a big grocery shop to be able to leave the factory, as she is currently not well paid. She took part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her sweet potato and charcoal business.

    She was given two small loans to improve her sweet potatoes business, by allowing her to buy more potatoes and adding different varieties. Her business has been steadily growing ever since.

    Achan Grace 

    Acholi quarter

    Achan Grace was born on 25th November 1975 in Pabo Amuru but she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for 24 years. She is a widow, as her husband died working as a soldier in Somalia. When the civil war happened, the LRA abducted all the people from her family and and took power in her village, but she managed to escape to Kampala and that 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.

    She took part in the EHU business program in order to improve her tailoring business. She has a tailoring machine but she would love to be able to buy more materials.

    She was given a small loan to help her purchase stock and materials in order to grow and meet her goals. She has since paid back the loan and her business has been steadily growing since.

    Kwagala Robinah

    Jinja

    Robinah is 40 years old and is a single mother of 6 children. She currently lives with 4 of them. Until recently, she has been working selling clothes, but she has now started working in a small grocery shop.

    She has taken part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her groceries business, by allowing her to buy more goods.

     

    Namugwere Olivia

    Jinja

    Olivia is 40 years old and is a single mother with 4 children. She has been working in a grocery shop since 2010, but throughout the time she has been faced with hardships because of limited capital and poor market demands.

    She has taken part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her grocery business, by allowing her to purchase more goods.

     

    Mugide Rose

    Jinja

    Rose is 38 years old and she is a single mother of 2 children, Kato Isaac and Babyrie Rebecca, both of whom are sponsored by the 22STARS Foundation.
    She has been working in a vegetable shop but she has been faced with hardships because of limited investing capital and poor market demands.

    She took part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her vegetables business, by allowing her to buy more goods.

     

    Alwizi Margaret

    Jinja

    Margaret is 33 years old and she is married with 5 children.

    She has been working with her husband in their pig farming and matooke (a variety of banana) business matooke and she would like to expand them.

    She took part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her business, by allowing her to buy more goods.

     

    Nabirye Monica

    Jinja

    Monica is 38 years old and 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.

    She took part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her business, by allowing her to buy more goods.

     

    Akumu Erina

    Jinja

    Erina is 32 years old and is married with 4 children.

    She owns a local restaurant in the Danida slum in Jinja.

    She took part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her restaurant, by allowing her to buy more goods.

     

    Kugumikiriza Justine

    Jinja

    Justine is 28 years old and is a single mother with 2 children.

    For the last 2 years, she has been teaching in the primary school as well has been operating a small grocery business.

    She took part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her business, by allowing her to buy more goods.

    Kisakye Koote Juliet

    Jinja

    Juliet is 32 years old and she is a single mother of 1 child. She took part in the EHU business program, in order to learn to better manage her business.

    She has been planning to start a business selling second hand clothes but she did not have enough capital to do it on her own.

    For this reason she was given a loan to start her business.

    Kaudha Scovia

    Jinja

    Scovia is 30 years old and she is married with 4 children.

    She has been working in a hospital for 5 years, but two years ago she left her job and started a small bakery business.

    In 2017, the Foundation provided Scovia with small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects. She wanted to improve her bakery business but she did not have enough capital to do it on her own. For this reason she was given a small loan to boost her business.

  • Adong Grace

    Kampala

    Grace is married with 5 kids.
    She works as a retailer in whole sale products.
    She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we provided her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Amal Margret

    Kampala

    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. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we provided her a small loan.

    Auma Proscovia

    Kampala

    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. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we provided her a small loan.

    Amuye David

    Kampala

    David lives in the Acholi Quarter in Kampala. He is married and has one daughter. He works as a retailer in whole sale products. He participated in the EHU business training and expressed the desire to expand his business. For this reason we gave him a small loan and he has since improved his business.

    Aya Esther

    Kampala

    Esther is married with four children and works as a hairdresser. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Ayoo Florence

    Kampala

    Florence is married with one daughter. She works as a retailer in whole sale products. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Lucy Wambale

    Kampala

    Lucy is married with five kids and works as a retailer in whole sale products. She participated in the EHU business training and expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Akidi Esther

    Kampala

    Esther lives in the Acholi Quarter in Kampala and has two daughters and three sons. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living. She participated in the EHU business training and expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her a small loan. She has since improved her business.

    Adong Nekolina

    Kampala

    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. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Achan Scovia

    Kampala

    Scovia is married with one daughter and one son.
    She works as a retailer in whole sale products.
    She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Atimango Josephine

    Kampala

    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. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Lapobo Josephine

    Kampala

    Josephine lives in the Acholi quarter slum in Kampala. She is married and has five daughters and two sons. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Amollo Stella

    Kampala

    Stella lives in the Acholi Quarter in Kampala. She is married and has six girls and one son. She makes her living from her small kiosk selling beers and sodas. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Okkelo Christine

    Kampala

    Christine is married and has three sons and five daughters. She works as a tailor to make a living. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her tailoring business. For this reason we gave her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Atim Harriet

    Kampala

    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. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her vegetables business. For this reason we gave her a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Anena Jennifer

    Kampala

    Jennifer is a single mother and has two daughters and one son. She sells vegetables and charcoal to make a living. She participated in the EHU business training and she expressed the desire to expand her business. For this reason we gave her with a small loan and she has since improved her business.

    Susan Laker

    Kampala

    Susan Laker was born on 23 January 1982 in Gulu Lacho and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for 10 years. She fled to Kampala with her family the night her village was attacked - killing almost all the neighbours.

    Susan’s first husband, a soldier, died in 1999. Her second husband went to Somalia in 2007 with the peacekeeping force and never returned. During that period Susan was diagnosed with HIV, cancer and tuberculosis, but after a successful treatment a year later she was cancer free, and although she has to take antiviral treatment for the rest of her life, she is now in good health. Susan moved to the Acholi Quarter in Kampala in 2008 and started working in the stone quarry, which was detrimental for her health. She then learned to make paper beads. This way she started earning money and was able to improve her situation and was even able to go back to school herself. Susan soon became our team leader for the jewellery social enterprise, where she teaches other ladies of the Acholi Quarter to make jewellery and oversees the production and quality of our products.
    Once 22STARS Foundation was opened all three of her children (Derek, Peace Elizabeth, and Dorika) were sponsored and she also became our local manager in Kampala.
    During the business training she did with EHU she expressed the desire to improve her tailoring business, but she did not have enough savings to do it on her own. We would like to provide her with a loan to buy a sewing machine and fabrics to meet her customers' demands.

    Wanichan Lilian

    Kampala

    Lilian is a widow and has 3 daughters and one son.
    She has 5 years experience selling Malwa.  
    During the business training she did with EHU she expressed the desire to expand her malwa business, but she does not have enough savings to do it on her own. For this reason we provided her with two small loans.

    Wairogo Richard

    Kampala

    Richard is married with 4 children and lives in the Acholi Quarter. Richard participated to the EHU business training, and expressed his desire to expand his business. He runs a small pharmacy shop in the Acholi Quarter and he thinks that a boost to his business will be a good opportunity for him to expand and meet his dreams as well as creating job opportunities in the community. For this reason we provided him with two small loans to boost his shop.

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By using the website, you are deemed to have accepted these conditions.

1.	General Conditions

You are able to enjoy our blog posts, and visit many areas of our websites without providing us with any personal information. However, we do collect personal information when you sign up to become a long-term sponsor of one of our 22stars kids, a monthly sponsor of our causes or subscribe to receive email alerts. By making a donation to our cause and/or by using our website, you (also called the “sponsor”) are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, which you acknowledge that you have read and understood and that you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions. 

For more information, see our privacy policy.

2.	Use of material appearing on our website

All pictures on www.foundation22stars.org are taken by the 22STARS Foundation with permission of the children and their parents and care-takers. In keeping with our mission, we welcome sponsors to share the picture of their sponsored child and our projects for the purpose of sharing our story with their friends and to encourage others to also participate in our causes. This does not cover commercial use of our materials. Unless otherwise stated, the copyright and other rights on all material published on www.foundation22stars.org belongs to the 22STARS Foundation.

Requests for any other use or reproduction of our content, including commercial use, should be sent to Stella Airoldi through the following email address: info@foundation22stars.org

3.	Disclaimer of liability

Every precaution has been taken by the 22STARS Foundation to ensure that the content of this site is accurate, legally correct and ethical. 

Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of content, no responsibility can be taken for any error or omission, nor can the 22STARS Foundation assume any liability for the content of websites linked to our site.
Should the 22STARS Foundation receive any complaint with regard to third party material on our site, we will review the matter and remove material at our sole discretion. We will have no further liability to either party in such instance.

Material on our site is given for the purposes of information or reporting only and should not be relied upon. Independent advice should be sought on financial and medical matters.

4.	Payments

22STARS Foundation accepts PayPal payments, direct bank transfers and donations through the specific campaigns set up for the 22STARS Foundation on Donorbox and GoFundMe as acceptable methods of payment. 

5.	Data protection and privacy

Please see our privacy policy for details of how personal data may be processed.

6.	Long-term sponsors of a child

If you like to become a long-term sponsor of one of our children we require your name and email address in order to send you all the information with regards to your child. Unless you like to be anonymous we publish your name on our website and or our social media channels. 

7.	 Cancellations of long-term sponsorships of the children

You can cancel any time your donation subscription to us and stop sponsoring your child. We would appreciate if you let us know immediately when you have the attention to stop the sponsorship, so that we are able to find a new long-term sponsor for the specific child. If 22STARS FOUDNATION has to stop the sponsorship with a certain child we will inform you straight ahead and we will find another child for you that you can continue sponsoring through his/her education. 

8.	Right to reallocate funds

The 22STARS foundation reserves the right to reallocate funds when necessary. Funds designated towards the support of a specific sponsor child or towards a specific project may at times need to be redirected. For example, if a change in the security situation makes the completion of a project unsafe, funds will be reallocated as appropriate. We work to avoid the reallocation of funds and only do so when necessary.


9.	Gofundme Campaign

By setting up a GOFUNDME campaign for the 22STARS foundation and using pictures and text of the 22STARS foundation, you must have prior agreement and approval of the 22STARS foundation to do so.  If you like to set up a fundraiser campaign for us, please contact Stella Airoldi and send an email to info@foundation22stars.org

10.	Communication 

If you contact us via our website or have opted in other circumstances for us to contact you via e-mail, we will communicate with you using the e-mail address you have provided. We will assume that your e-mail address is correct and that you understand the risks associated with using this form of communication. 

11.	Applicable Law

Dutch law governs these Terms and Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with the 22STARS foundation or these Terms and Conditions will be initiated in the Courts of Breda where exclusive jurisdiction and venue reside. If a court or any other appropriate authority finds any portion of this document to be invalid, the remainder will remain in full force and effect. 
 
If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions in full, you must stop using this site immediately. We reserve the right to prevent you accessing this site, without prejudice to any of our other rights, if we consider that you have contravened our Policy on Privacy and Use of Information or any of these Terms and Conditions.


From time to time, the 22STARS foundation may need to change its Terms and Conditions because of changes in its foundation, or in its attempts to serve your needs better. 22STARS foundation will always publish the current terms on our website and notify you of this.


The 22STARS Foundation is a registered charity number KVK nr: 68437870 | RSIN 85744249. It is registered in The Netherlands, Kasteelplein 73, 4811XC, Breda.
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This Privacy Policy describes how and when the 22STARS FOUNDATION collects, uses, and shares information when you make a donation, contact us, or otherwise use our services through foundation22stars.org or its related sites and services. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that we do not own or control. 

You are able to enjoy our blog posts, and visit many areas of our websites without providing us with any personal information. However, we do collect personal information when you sign up to become a long-term sponsor of one of our 22STARS kids, a monthly sponsor of our causes or subscribe to receive email alerts. By making a donation to our cause and/or by using our website, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions, which you acknowledge that you have read and understood and that you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions. 

1. Personal information 22STARS FOUNDATION collects

Information We Collect


To sponsor a specific child long-term, you must provide us with certain information, such as your name, email address, payment information, and the name of the child that you like to sponsor. This is necessary as we will send you regular updates with regards to the child that you sponsor and or our ongoing project. You may also choose to provide us with additional personal information if you contact us directly. 

We treat your information very confidential. If you like to be an anonymous sponsor of a child, or make an anonymous donation to one of our causes, we will not publish your name related to the cause or specific child anywhere. 

If you like to sponsor a child publicly we will put your name on our website and social media in relation to the specific child you sponsor or cause you made a donation to. We don’t publish any other details of you and don’t give your contact details to anyone outside of our organization, neither the child that you sponsor will receive your contact details.  

To make a general donation, you do not have to provide us with any data and hence can send us money which we treat as an absolute anonymous donation. 

2. The legal bases we rely on to collect, use, and share personal information

Why We Need Your Information and How We Use It

We rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
•	as needed to provide our services, such as when we use your information to send you emails and updates with regard to the child that you sponsor, to settle disputes, or to provide support;
•	when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
•	if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your donation if required by tax law; and
•	as necessary for the purpose of our legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as providing and improving our services. We use your information to provide the services you requested and in our legitimate interest to improve our services. 
	

3. The third parties with whom we share personal information

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about our sponsors is important to our foundation in order to send regularly reports about the sponsored children and in order to send out the new payment for future school terms. We share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
•	Service providers. We engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to our website. We will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
•	Foundation transfers. If we stop or merge our foundation, we may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law. 
•	Compliance with laws. We may collect, use, retain, and share your information if we have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce our agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of our customers, or others.

4. The length of time we keep personal information

Data Retention

We retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with our services and as described in our Privacy Policy. However, we may also be required to retain this information to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements. We generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years. 

5. If we transfer personal information outside of Europe, we will handle the transfer as following

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

We may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, we may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If we are deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, we rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

6. Our donor’s rights regarding our use of their personal information and our contact details

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. We describe these rights below:
•	Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you by contacting us using the contact information below. 
•	Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict our use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where we are required to store data for legal reasons) we will generally delete your personal information upon request. 
•	Object. You can object to (i) our processing of some of your information based on our legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from us after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, we will delete your personal information unless we have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons. 
•	Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about our use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

7. Our Sponsor Child Privacy

Respecting the privacy of our sponsor children and their families is a key element of our work. 22STARS Foundation extends the same attitude of respect and confidentiality to our sponsor children as given to their sponsors.


How to Contact Us

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Stella Airoldi, founder and project manager of 22STARS FOUNDATION, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at info@foundation22stars.org. Alternately, you may mail me at:
Stella Airoldi, Kasteelplein 73, 4811 XC, Breda, Netherlands