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Setting up a business

Training in starting a business

Would you like to start your own business? Do you want to learn how it's done? Then our starting a business training course can help. 

Content of the training course:
-    Basics of micro-financing 
-    Fundamentals: How to run a business
-    Support with preparing a business plan

You will have the opportunity to apply for start-up capital at the end of the training course.

Week 1:
Part 1 teaches you the basics of micro-financing. You can start the second part of the training course if you have successfully participated. 

Week 2:
Part 2 teaches you how to run a business and write a business plan. 

These training courses are offered repeatedly. 

You are welcome to contact the Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC) on site, by phone or online for further information.

This training course is offered jointly by the following partners:
•    The Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC)
•    The Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation, DSIK)
•    BVR – Bundesverband der Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken (National Association of German Cooperative Banks)

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Reintegration Assistance

Are you looking for a job or thinking of changing jobs?  
Then you are welcome to contact the Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC)

The GGAC can help you to find a job. It can refer you to employers and advise you on job changes and advanced training.

Would you like to start your own business?  
The GGAC is also happy to give advice about starting a business. 

For more information, please contact the GGAC locally, by phone or online.

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Starting well prepared

The "StartHope@Home" project by "Social Impact" prepares Gambians for starting a business in their native country. 

The offer:

  • Individual advice
  • Coaching in groups
  • Socio-educational support

Training courses are held in Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, the Rhine-Main region, Stuttgart and Munich. 
Other regions are also possible on request. The offer also includes further accompaniment in Gambia.

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Start-up support

The "Make it in the Gambia – Tekki Fii" programme improves the economic situation and prospects for young people and young adults, especially migrants and returnees.

The offer includes:

•    Training courses in the areas of agriculture, energy or services. These training courses are held in different regions of Gambia.
•    Training courses on business start-ups.
•    You can receive a grant with equipment once you have completed the training course.
•    You can apply for a microcredit or a bigger loan once you have successfully set up your business. The programme supports you with this. 

This programme is funded by the EU.

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Knowledge for starting a business

The "Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation" (Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation) organises training courses on how to set up businesses. You learn in groups of up to 25 people.


This training includes:

  • Learning the basics of entrepreneurial and business management
  • Coaching
  • Support if you want to apply for a microcredit

There is an opportunity to apply for credit in Gambia once you have successfully completed the training and coaching. These are in kind contributions. The maximum value may be EUR 2000. The interest rate is 8 percent.

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Network: Women in business

Bridging Gaps Advisory (BGA) promotes women in business.

It offers training for female entrepreneurs and business leaders. You will have to pay a fee for the training.

BGA offers a mentoring programme in partnership with the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP). As part of YEP, each young woman starting up in business receives advice from a more experienced businesswoman. This mentoring programme is designed to provide you with long-term career support. It is free of charge.

At the BGA Women’s Leadership Forum, you can meet other female entrepreneurs and discuss your experiences. 

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Financial support and advice

The National Association of Cooperative Credit Unions of The Gambia (NACCUG) helps with financial matters.

You can take part in training offered by NACCUG if you are setting up a business. In the training you will learn, for example, how to write a business plan.

NACCUG also awards loans to young businesses. In order to get a loan, you will need another business to vouch for your reliability.

You will have to pay a fee for many of NACCUG's services.

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Help with starting a business

The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is a network of businesses. GCCI offers a range of training and financial help for start-ups.

It also has a crowdfunding website, where you can raise money and find support for your business.

You can become a member of GCCI.
You will find more information on the website. If you have any questions or would like to apply, please call on the phone, send an email or Facebook message.

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Young, motivated start-ups

The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) is run by young people. It helps young start-ups. It offers a range of training.

In the training courses, you will learn, for example, how to package your products more attractively and sell them more effectively.

GYCC organises markets and trade fairs in rural regions. These enable you to advertise and sell your products even if you live in a rural area.

You can become a member of GYCC for a small fee. Training is free of charge to members. You will find more information on Facebook. You are also welcome to call if you have any questions.

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Small businesses and tourism

The Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Responsible Tourism (ASSERT) provides support to people with a small business. At ASSERT, you will get to know other people with businesses. You can talk together about your experiences.

ASSERT organises the Gambia’s Good Market, where you can sell your products to tourists. This enables you to make them aware of your business.

If your business or company is in a rural region, ASSERT gives you the opportunity to take a trip to the city, where you can learn from other successful business.

You will have to pay a fee for many of ASSERT's services. You can find more information on the website.

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Advice and support

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) enjoys the support of several ministries. It helps young people between 15 and 35 to become financially independent.

YEP can offer you support if you are setting up a business. On the website you will find a range of support services to help you to start your own business in the Gambia.

YEP also works with partners to offer training for young entrepreneurs. The training courses are free of charge.

If you have a business idea and a good business plan, you can apply for financial support.

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For start-ups in rural areas

The Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) in the Gambia supports young entrepreneurs in rural areas.
Do you have a business idea? Or do you want to get a project up and running? GYIN staff can advise you. They have a programme that will support you over a longer period with setting up your own business. GYIN also runs summer courses.

Each year, GYIN presents an award for the best business and project ideas in rural areas.

You can find information on the services GYIN offers in the Gambia on the website or on Facebook.

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Turning your idea into a business

Startup Incubator Gambia (SIG) supports people with business ideas.
SIG offers you six months of advisory services or short regional boot camps. You will learn how to turn your idea into a business. That includes courses in finance and marketing.

SIG also supports start-ups in the agricultural sector.

SIG provides a platform for you to talk and share information with other start-ups. You can work together on your ideas.

You will find more information on the website.

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Advisory services for your business

The National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) offers advice on:

  • starting a business
  • managing a business.

For example, NEDI can help you to write a business plan. It has a range of training courses for entrepreneurs. NEDI also offers financial support for women and young people wanting to start a business.

Simply drop in to the NEDI office. It is open every day.

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Starting your own business

Empretec Gambia is a United Nations (UN) programme. It is supported by the Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA).

You can apply to take part in the programme if you have a business idea. Empretec will then help you with the steps involved in setting up your own business. For example, you will learn how to write a business plan. Your advisor will continue to support you for up to six months after you have completed the programme.

A number of training courses are designed specially for women. You will find more information on the website.

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Beauty, wellness, fashion and starting a business

The Gaye Njorro School of Hairdressing & Beauty Cosmetology is a training centre offering courses for different kinds of work in the beauty, wellness and fashion sectors. You can do a training in:

  • hairdressing
  • cosmetics
  • manicure
  • massage therapy
  • fashion design.

There are also courses to help you start your own business.

Gaye Njorro School is a nationally accredited institution offering particular support to young women and men. Information on the individual training courses can be found on the website. Please just send an email or call on the phone if you have any questions.

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