The 13 proud Gambians are presented with their certificates: They have learned a lot during their one-week training on the basics of business and finances. The mood in the small room scattered with tables, posters and working materials is vibrant – thanks to their newly acquired knowledge, the participants, including returnees from Germany, are keen to start planning their career as a self-employed business owners.
The training held in Bakau in the Kanifing municipality was organised by the Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation (DSIK) together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH as part of the “Economic Inclusion of returnees and potential migrants in Ghana and The Gambia” project. The participants learned how to plan, set up and run their own business. They were taught about the challenges and opportunities of micro-enterprises, as well as concepts on bookkeeping, competition management and how to deal with smaller financial institutions. Here, four participants share their experiences.