Training to be a multiplier
Prior to his return, Samuel also took part in training provided by the Sparkassenstiftung to help those who are planning to start a business. This foundation is partnered with GIZ, and runs training courses to prepare potential returnees for launching a successful new business in their country of origin. Samuel’s course included training to be a multiplier, so that in future he can act as a networking agent to advise other people in Ghana and be their point of contact. “Samuel is highly motivated”, says Annika Eberhardt. “He has the potential to successfully establish a livelihood for himself once he goes back.”
Samuel left Ghana back in 2010 – going to Italy at first. “Life there wasn’t as straightforward as I thought”, he now says. “I did actually have a work permit, but there weren’t any jobs. I found work in a restaurant, but the salary wasn’t even enough to cover my bills.” He moved on to Germany in 2017, hoping for better career prospects. But his dreams didn't come true.