If you're looking to get off the beaten path on your visit to Kampala, this is the experience for you. Vayando has teamed up with 22STARS to offer a unique opportunity to visit the Acholi Quarters and learn about paper bead jewelry with Susan, the team lead of the 22STARS production house. Susan will walk you through all the steps involved in making their jewelry. You'll get to practice each step in the intricate process, then head home with a unique piece you've help make yourself.
Revenue generated from these visits goes into a fund managed by the women of 22STARS and is put towards the education and health of the team and their families. 22STARS jewlery is hand made from paper, then varnished with natural products - making each peace unique, lightweight, and waterproof.
"I love helping and motivating other women who are less fortunate, and try to stay strong and positive to encourage my children."
- Susan and 22 Stars
About Susan and 22 Stars
Susan was born in Northern Uganda and has lived most of her life in Gulu where her mother still lives. She fled to Kampala with her family the night their village was attacked by rebels. Susan’s first husband, a soldier, died in 1999. Her second husband went to Somalia in 2007 with a peacekeeping force and never returned.
With her intelligence, humor and passion, Susan quickly became a team leader for 22stars. She oversees the production and quality of our products and teaches other women how to make paper beads and string them into jewelry. Susan lives with her three children on the top of a hill with a beautiful view of the Acholi Quarter.
According to 22Stars, their artisans have had to overcome many challenges in life. Most of them have little formal education, are affected by HIV/AIDS and have had to flee from war. They are an incredible source of creativity and energy producing these wonderful pieces of jewelry. Learn more about their artisans here.