22STARS jewelry is designed by Stella Romana Airoldi and handmade together with Ugandan artisans to empower them to rise above poverty. Their artisans fled during the war with the LRA from Northern Uganda to Kampala and face many challenges; many of them are illiterate, HIV positive and traumatized. 22STARS enables them to get their self-respect back and earn a living for their families. Besides creating jewelry, they teach them small business skills to make them independent strong women and help them where necessary.
The designs are inspired by Stella’s nomadic travels around the world and in particular her adventures in more then 20 countries in Africa. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted from 100% recycled paper by one of twenty-five 22STARS’ empowered women. They buy old posters and magazines, then the women cut the paper in triangle shapes of various sizes, roll them up, glue them and varnish them! Every bead is waterproof, shiny and hard. Once the beads are ready the designing starts! And then Stella finds a market for the jewelry in and outside of Uganda. So far they sell the jewelry in more than 10 countries worldwide, and welcome wholesales as well.
Their product sales are fully reinvested in the social mission to empower families in Uganda. In addition part of our profit is directly donated to the FOUNDATION 22STARS, supporting over 60 children living in the Acholi Quarter slum with school fees, food, clothes and medicine. Stella organizes social workstations in Uganda that make a difference! Learn more about their social workstations on Instagram.
Prices on 22STARS.com are shown in euro but they ship worldwide.