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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 spend 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 pervious 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 always preferring to use the individual’s available resources whilebuilding up a business idea than referring to bank loans that usually have high interest rates and security.

    • To install a strong an effective saving culture among the beneficiaries. Some beneficiarieshave savings but don’t appreciate the value of savings.

    • Positively impact situations of potential drop out by bringing all major stakeholders to the table, along with the financial institutions to design interventions that will prevent families from waiting for donations or financial support in everything.

    Achievements Of The Training Period Of The Jinja Group

    During October 2017 the following activities were accomplished;

    1. 32 participants were profiled after the training.

    2. 32/32 trainees attended the sessions conducted by EHU.

    3. 17/32 participants started conducting book keeping for the businesses.

    4. 20/32 participants developed a BMC for their businesses.

    5. 15/25 enterprises were visited.

    6. One enterprise was started up (Refreshments/cold drinks selling business) by kisakye

      Silva with the available resources. She had left business due to inability to pay for rent, electricity and other unforeseen circumstances. She commenced business on Thursday 5th/10/2017 after utilising the available resources.

    7. One other business (kids second hand cloth selling) is to resume on Thursday 12th/10/2017 owned by Nakwera Grace. She was running it before but stopped due to sickness, reduced profits and emergence of another business idea (silver fish selling/Mukene business) that she hoped was the best having been advised by her neighbour who does the same business. After further market research, experience and more, the clothing business is better because she earns profit of 30,000-50,000ugx (Per Day) from capital of 100,000 shillings.

    8. 97% of participants are willing to use their savings to start up and expand their business thus need little support (free loan boost) to meet the required capital.

    Entrepreneur Hands Uganda Findings For The Jinja Group

    One of the objectives of the project is to equip beneficiaries wwith skills for self-sustenance and being responsible citizens through education on entrepreneurship Therefore, EHU moved into Danida slum and established one of the main problems affecting the entrepreneurs. We picked out the most challenging to design a solution to it.

     

    The problems were in relation to environment, debt, sanitation and health. Among the problems cited in the community were stinking latrines and bath rooms, poor nutrition, negative mind (loss of hope) and poor sanitation. It was identified these were the spotlights that are not being worked on that are keeping the community in poverty.

    THE RESULTS OF THE 22STARS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING PARTICIPANTS IN JINJA

    The training was attended by 32 individuals: Thirty (30) women and Two (2) men. 97% were parents while 3%were not yet parents, 60% had tried business but failed i.e. they have start-up ideas while 40% have businesses and wish to grow and expand them. 90% stay in Danida community, 9% in neighbouring communities and 1% in faraway communities but within jinja District.

     

    EHU trained them on how to start up sustainable businesses, personal identification skills, networking, SWOT, managing business finances, developing a Business Model Canvas (BMC), market research, savings, being active citizens, identifying poverty spotlights and how to overcome them.

    Challenges of the Jinja group

    • Poor time management by the beneficiaries

    • Lack of seriousness by some beneficiaries

    • Illiteracy in some of the beneficiaries, meaning they couldn’t write at all. Most

      beneficiaries gave false information

    Recommendations for the Jinja group

    • Giving low or zero interest soft loans to participants to enhance their businesses.

    • Participants identifying more poverty spotlights and working on the ones already

      identified such as poor sanitation.

    • Printing handouts for the beneficiaries to aid them during EHU trainings.

    • Constant monitoring of the participants to see how they 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 in interest loans to part of the group, which we closely monitored. Aidah Nambozo is the project manager of 22STARS in Danida slums, monitored the impact of the loans of the women and whether they were able to pay back. We conducted several in between reports to see how far the progress of the group was. in September 2018 we will make a big evaluation and see how many people where able to pay back their loans and will give a loan to the new group and see if people would benefit from a second loan.

    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 to the training a loan (scroll down to check out all the women's profile).
    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 write us telling 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 slum in Kampala

    Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda is a social enterprise registered as company limited by Guarantee. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to eradicate unemployment and poverty. We are established in Jinja district, Busoga Region and Eastern Region of Uganda. We are also seeking to expand to other districts. As a social enterprise, we are continuing to grow through projects, networking activities, supporting communities, organizations and partnership activities with companies. We use our 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. We drive our trainings on a theme “start small and grow big” as stated by many successful entrepreneurs. We encourage, motivate and trainbeneficiaries to growing and starting up enterprises with use of their available resources and networks.

     

    Communities make up a country and it’sthrough 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 so as to start up and grow micro, small, medium and large enterprises through available resources and networks.

     

    Acholi quarter is a slum community located along Kinwataka, kasokoso road, Kireka, Banda 1, Kampala. The community is comprised of mostly Acholi people from war affected areas in Northern Uganda that occurred during the period of 1986 to 2009. Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) lead by Joseph Rao Kony was the rebel group that internally displaced 2 million people. The community also comprises of many other tribes i.e. Basoga, Baganda, Itesos, Banyankole, Banyarwanda among others while Stone quarrying is the common business activity that was and still being carried out at low levels due to the available opportunities and growth in market demand for various business ideas.

     

    22STARS foundation is an organisation that’s positively impacting the Acholi Quarters community by providing education and medical support among others 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 to meet dreams, passion, taking care of family and attaining a good standard of living among others.

    STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

    • To change the beneficiaries mind-set towards entrepreneurship and business i.e. How to start-up and grow business with available resources than referring to bank loans, debts etc. that usually have high interest rates and security.

    • To equip beneficiaries with financial management skills so that they can financially stabilise and utilise their micro enterprises for a better life style.

    • To install an effective saving culture among beneficiaries to be able to meet the unpredicted future occurrences and keeping the project on the run without even the interest free loans scheme.

    • To provide interest free loans from 22 stars foundation to all beneficiaries. This is to enable them 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;

    • A total of 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 22 stars foundation.

    • All beneficiaries developed business ideas, BMC and SWOT Analysis for their intended

      business ideas and growth of micro enterprises.

    • 20 beneficiaries intend to grow their businesses with the trained knowledge and skills

      with available resources and interest free loan as promised by 22 stars foundation.

    • 5 enterprises were visited.

    • During the training, Lucy Lanyero, one of the beneficiaries discovered she could start and

      grow her business with the available resources. She went ahead to purchase stock of second - hand clothes that she forwarded to her target customers in the village. Demand for the clothes was high owing to the festive season.

    Entrepreneur Hands Uganda Findings For The Kampala Group

    With reference to the project objectives listed in above, one is to change the beneficiaries mind-set towards entrepreneurship and business i.e. How to start-up and grow business with available resources. During EHU’s training, one on one interaction and simple business visits, we identified main problems affecting the community, entrepreneurs’ growth and business ideas start-up.

     

    The problems were in relation to cultural background, environment, and family among others while poor sanitation, negative mind set towards self-sustainable income generating ideas and activities were the identified spotlights not worked upon keeping the community in poverty.

    THE RESULTS OF THE 22STARS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING PARTICIPANTS IN KAMPALA

    The training was attended by 25 individuals. Twenty one (21) women and Four (4) men. 40% have their businesses established in Kampala alone, 30% have businesses both in Kampala and village, 10% are looking forward to start-up businesses in village while 20% are looking forward to start-up business in Kampala thus in Acholi quarters community after training. 90% are looking forward to pay rent for their business spaces while the remaining 10% operate from their homes. 70% are looking forward to growing businesses in both village and Kampala while 30% are only looking at growing business in Acholi quarters and Kampala at large.

     

    EHU trained them on how to start up and grow sustainable business ideas, identification of poverty spotlights, SWOT, financial management, developing a Business Model Canvas (BMC), market research, savings, being active citizens among others

    Challenges of the Kampala group

    • Illiteracy in some of the beneficiaries, meaning they couldn’t write at all.

    • Poor time management by some beneficiaries

    • Negative thinking about Business growth (Starting small and growing big) i.e. Most

      believe in getting a loan than using available resources to start-up and grow enterprises.

    • Fear to share their business hardship and finding solutions to them as a group

    Recommendations for the Kampala group

    • Giving low or zero interest soft loans to participants to enhance their businesses.

    • Participants identifying more poverty spotlights and working on the ones already

      identified such as poor sanitation.

    • Constant monitoring of the participants to see how they progress i.e. there expressions

      and narrations are fishy.

    • Through attending and participating in annual, monthly, weekly business networking events like Uganda Manufacturer Association (UMA) show ground among others will help grow their customer base and skills thus business in long run.

    • The beneficiaries really need a financial boost i.e. Interest free loans that will positively motivate their saving because when paying back, one will be forced to save.

    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 in interest loans to part of the group, which we closely monitored. Susan Laker is the project manager of 22STARS in Acholi Quarter slums, monitored the impact of the loans of the women and whether they were able to pay back. We conducted several in between reports to see how far the progress of the group was. in September 2018 we will make a big evaluation and see how many people where able to pay back their loans and will give a loan to the new group and see if people would benefit from a second loan.

    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 to the training a loan (scroll down to check out all the women's profile).
    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 write us telling 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

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

    Some of them already received a small loan to boost their business, however we were not able to give one to everybody.

    Here is the list of the entepreneurs that still did not receive a loan and that are waiting for your support!

    Please let us know if you would like to contribute by helping us providing them a loan :)
     

    Our next round of business loans will start in September 2018.

    Onoba Harriet

    ​Jinja

    Onoba Harriet is 40 years old. She is originally from the Northern part of Uganda but moved to Jinjia during the long civil war that affected the country, in the hope to find better life 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. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Harriet with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    She would like to start a small pig farm but she does not have anough savings to do sone. For this reason we would like to boost her business by providing her with a loan of 450,000 UGX (100 euros).

     

    Katusabe Ruth

    ​Jinja

    Katusabe Ruth is 39 years old. She is from one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village. She is divorced and has to take care on her own of her 4 children. Her living conditions are very difficult and she has been asking us for help in order to sponsor the education of her children. Ruth has taken part to the business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    She would love to start a business selling second hand shoes and clothes. Unfortunately she does not have enough savings to be able to start this business on her own.

    For this reason we would like to provide her with a loan of 400,000 UGX (88 euros) so she will be able to start..

     

    Namwase Annet

    ​Jinja

    Namwase Annet is 36 years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village, where she takes care of someone else’s house. She is married and has 8 children, and one of them, Kisakye Ivan, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform.
    The foundation in 2017 has also provided Annet with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    She would love to expand her current second hand clothes business but she does not have enough savings to be able to do it on her own. For this reason we would like to provide her with a loan of 500,000 UGX (110 euros) to help her buy more stock..

     

    Muwanguzi Betty

    ​Jinja

    Muwanguzi Betty is 36 years old. She is living 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. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Betty with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). She would love to expand her table mats business but she does not have enough savings to do so. For this reason we recommend a boost of 350,000 UGX (77 euros) to help her buy more materials.

    Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi

    ​Jinja

    Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi is 30 years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village, because with her 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. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Rebecca with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). 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 is living in Danida village in Jinja, because with her 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. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Grace with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). 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 would like to provide her with a loan to allow her to restart her business.

    Joy Nabikye

    ​Jinja

    Joy was born in Eastern Uganda on 16/05/1989. She has two children, Munusi Lucky and Nabulaga Jalsi. She used to have two more children, but they died of illness when they were infant. Besides necklaces she is selling soap to support her family, but her income is very low and she has to walk a lot every day to reach her customers. Her husband is a bodaboda driver (a motorbike taxi), and gets paid very little.

    One of Joy's children, Munus Lucky, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Joy with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    For this reason we would like to provide her with a loan to allow her to restart her business.

    Nyandira Margret

    ​Jinja

    Margriet (62) was born in the Masindi district in Uganda and moved to Jinja as a child, and lives in one of the poorest areas, called Danida village. 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 depended on the 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. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Margriet with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). 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 would like to provide her a with a loan to allow her to boost her business.

     

    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 became an orphan 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. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Faith with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). 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 would like to give her a loan to allow her to start her business.

    Auma Olivia

    Jinja

    Olivia is 32 years old, she is married and has 6 children. She has been running a small charcoal business for the past 4 years and more recently she has also started selling shoes.

    She participated in the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She would love to improve her shoe and charcoal businesses but she does not have enough savings to be able to do it on her own. For this reason we would like to give 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. Since 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 which are sponsored by the foundation 22STARS, that provides them the school uniform and pays for their school fees. For 22STARS Aida meets with our designers and gives them support and counselling, through which she helps them to solve problems and stay positive about the future. Aida is also a talented designer and passes her skills on to the other women. The foundation 22STARS in 2017 has provided Aida with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). She would like to boost her tailoring business and for this reason we would like to give her a loan to allow to buy more materials (she already owns a tailoring machine).

     

    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 a retail shop, but now he has been working in the cosmetic business with his wife. However he would like to improve it.
    The foundation in 2017 has provided Moses with a small business training, through which he has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).
    We would like to give him a loan to allow her to start her business.

    Susan Laker

    Acholi quarter

    Susan Laker was born on 23 January 1982 in Gulu Lacho and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 10 years. She ran to Kampala with her family the night in which their village was attacked by the rebels who killed 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 good health. Susan moved to the slum of 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 and 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 social jewellery enterprise, where she teaches other ladies of the Acholi quarter community to make jewellery and oversees the production and quality of our products.
    Once 22STARS foundation was opened all her three children (Derek, Peace Elizabeth, 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 does 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.

     

    Lucy Lanyero

    Acholi quarter

    Lucy Lanyero (52 years old) was born in Gulu, in Northern Uganda. Like many of our designers Lucy was directly affected by the LRA and war. She could not finish her school, because life in her village became very hard. Luckily her uncle was working for the Ugandan Airlines and got her a job for this company in Kampala where she worked for 16 years, after which she became unemployed and was not able to find a new job. Since Lucy could not afford the high rent in her old area, she moved to the Acholi Quarters with her sisters, enrolled in the 22STARS program and started learning how to make jewellery. She also started a small business selling second hand clothes and bags.
    She participated to the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She would love to improve her second hand clothes and bag business but she does not have enough savings to be able to do it on her own.
    We would like to give her a loan to improve her business by allowing her to buy more stock.

     

  • Meet The Participants Of Our Entrepreneurship Training

    This is the list of the enterpreneurs that following the EHU training have been granted a small loan and who we are now monitoring and following up.
    Our priority is to make sure that they are meeting their goals and that their business is growing.

    Their success is our success!

    Kisakye Sylvia

    ​Jinja

    Kisakye Sylvia is 27 years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village. She is married and has 8 children, one of which, Mwanguya Samuel, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Sylvia with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). Sylvia is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to earn enough money to buy some land and build her own home.The foundation in 2017 has also provided Sylvia with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).
    She was then provided with a small loan to start up a small kiosk to sell cold drinks.

     

    Aboo Norah

    ​Jinja

    Aboo Norah is 45years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village, because the rent is low and since her husband left her she has to support on her own her five children and she cannot afford to move to a better area. One of her children is sponsored by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Norah with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).She was then provided with a small loan to start 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.
    The foundation in 2017 has also provided Zuena with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    She has a small meat and oats business and she was then provided with a small loan 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 however continues to support the kids financially, although sometimes he does not earn enough to support their basic needs.
    On top of the jewlery business that gives her some income, Irene has also a small chicken business.The foundation in 2017 has also provided Irama with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    She was then provided with a loan to boost her poultry farming 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 jewlery she will be able to make earn enough money to afford it. Ritah has also one son. She is a separated from the husband whom continues to support the child financially.The foundation in 2017 has also provided Ritah with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). 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 a small loan provision to help her start her business.

     

    Onduru Mary

    Acholi quarter ​

    Onduru Mary was born on 10th August 1962 in Arua Marracha and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for almost 22 years. Her husband died with HIV and she is now alone taking care of her 5 kids by herself. Only one of them, Amina, who is 17 years old, is sponsored by 22 Stars. Mary migrated from Sudan to Kampala because of the LRA conflict and 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 given a small loan to improve her charcoal business by allowing her to buy more stock.

    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 and she escaped from the LRA conflict 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 take care of her disease. She currently makes jewelry 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 aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was then provided with a small loan to improve her oil business.

     

    Odong Janet

    Acholi quarter

    Odong Janet was born on 28th August 1967 in Dokolo Lira and she came to Kampala 25 years ago running away from the war. She is HIV positive and her husband died for HIV and she is now alone taking care of her biological child and 4 grandchildren. Two of the children are sponsored by the 22Stars Foundation. Besides making jewelry Janet also participated in the business program with her retail shop. Janet participated to the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given a small loan to expand her retail business.

    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 by the LRA and she 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 jewelry she sells charcoal in the local market.

    Rose participated to the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given a small loan to improve her charcoal business by allowing her to buy more materials.

    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 brothers and sisters to the LRA and their homes were destroyed, but she managed to escape to Kampala and survived. She is still married with her husband but they do not have a good relationship because he often goes with other women. 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 jewelry Beatrice sells mobile items. Her dream however is to work as a tailor.
    She participated to the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given a small loan to grow her tailoring business.

    Adero Evalyn

    Acholi quarter

    Adero Evalyn was born on the 30th August 1991 and she is married. She lives with her husband and three children in the Acholi Quarter slum.

    She makes paper jewellery and has a small vegetable business.

    Two of her kids, Noreen and Mercy, are currently sponsored by the foundation 22STARS.
    Evalyn participated to the business training held by our partner EHU and she would like to grow her vegetable business.
    She was given a small loan to improve her vegetable business.

    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 last year (2017). That was her first time ever celebrating her birthday! She is separated from her husband who moved away and is not supporting his children. Stella has been also diagnosed with gonorreha, and has been discriminated by her extended family because of this and because she has 3 children from 2 different man. Two of her children (Emmanuel and Joel) are sponsored by the Foundation 22STARS. Besides making jewelry Stella also works in a beauty saloon.
    She participated to the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given a small loan to improve her saloon by allowing her to buy more materials (furniture, rollers, hair dryer, weaves)
     

    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 had 8 kids, but three of them died, one was killed while she was running away from the LRA and the other two died 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 jewelry program. Besides the jewellery she sells nut paste and sim sim (sesame) and she would like to expand this business. For this reason Beatrice participated to the business training offered by EHU thanks to which she aquired new accountancy and business skills.
    She was given a small loan to improve her sim sim and nut paste business.

     

    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 only graduated girl among 22 stars sponsored kids. Alice is working in a factory besides being part of the 22 stars jewelry program. Thanks to her income she was able to provide school materials and transportation fees to her daughter until she completed the 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 has taken part to the EHU business program, in order to learn to manage better her sweet potatoes and charcoal business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her sweet potatoes business, by allowing her to buy more potatoes and adding different varieties.

    Achan Grace 

    Acholi quarter

    Achan Grace was born on 25th November 1975 in Pabo Amuru but she has been living in Acholi Quarters for 24 years. She is a widow, as her husband died working as a soldier in Somalia. When the LRA conflict happened they abducted all the people from her family and and took power in her village, but she managed to escape to Kampala and saved her life.
    She has 6 kids and one of them, Isaac, is sponsored by 22 Stars.

    Aside from making paper beads she works as a tailor.

    She took part to 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.

    Achan Grace

    Acholi quarter

    Achan Grace was born on 31st January 1985 in Kitgum Lagoro and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for 8 years. During the LRA all of her family homes were destroyed and her parents were killed, and for this reason she moved to Kitgum town where she was employed as a maid, until she went to live with her husband at the age of 14. She is now a single mother as she is separated from her husband that took their three kids and brought them to the village, because he did not want to send them to school with the 22STARS program. Grace is also HIV positive and suffered a lot of discrimination because of that. Grace is in the 22STARS jewelry program making beads.

    Besides making jewelry Grace has been producing "Malwa" (local beer) for the past 3 years, and she took part in the 22STARS business program in order to improve her beer business.

    She was given a small loan to improve her Malwa business by helping her purchase more materials.

     

    Kwagala Robinah

    Jinja

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

    She has taken part to the EHU business program, in order to learn to manage better 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 to the EHU business program, in order to learn to manage better 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 which are sponsored by the 22STARS Foundation.
    She has been working in a vegetable shop but she has been faced with hardships given to limited investing capital and poor market demands.

    She has taken part to the EHU business program, in order to learn to manage better 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 the business of pig farming and matooke (a variety of banana) and she would like to expand them.

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

    She has taken part to the EHU business program, in order to learn to manage better 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 she is married with 4 children.

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

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

    She has been teaching in primary school and she has been operating a small grocery business for the past 2 years.

    She has taken part to the EHU business program, in order to learn to manage better 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 the single mother of 1 child. She has taken part to the EHU business program, in order to learn to manage better 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.

    The foundation in 2017 has provided Scovia with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). 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.

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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

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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