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Encouraging exchange

Eine Frau steht vor ihrem Geschäft und lächelt in die Kamera

Encouraging exchange

Twice I left Ghana for Europe, twice I returned. Thanks to the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GGC) I now have an optimistic outlook for my future.

My name is Doris, I am 48 years old and come from Apesokubi, a small town in the Oti region of Ghana. I was trained in dressmaking, but it did not provide sufficient income. I sought my fortune in Germany and later again in the Netherlands, without success.

In 2017, I returned to Ghana for good – partly because I had suffered personal blows of fate. With the little money I had, I rented a room in Kasoa, in the centre of the country, and ran a small-scale trading business. However, the business did not go well and soon collapsed.

Zwei Frauen unterhalten sich.

Learnt about the GGC from a friend

One day, a friend told me about the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GGC) and introduced me to an advisor, Ernestina Adu. She listened to my story and conducted a so-called needs assessment. After my first meeting with her I felt very relieved – finally someone had taken time for me.

I participated in a “handholding session” organised by the GGC, where I met other returnees. This really helped me with my fresh start in Ghana. The meeting made me realise that I was not alone with my story. We exchanged experiences and formed new ideas and friendships.

During my second counselling session at the GGC, I was referred to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), with whom the centre cooperates closely. The IOM provided me with a freezer and some products to sell in my new grocery shop. The organisation also enabled my enrolment in a series of courses on basic bookkeeping and inventory skills. Under the GIZ Migration and Employment Programme, I received further equipment for my shop.

Eine Frau steht in einem Geschäft

New knowledge and new courage

Ernestina Adu, who accompanied me throughout this time, still keeps in touch with me. In our conversations, I often tell her about my progress. The practical tips from the course for entrepreneurs were very helpful.

I recently I took part in another training course for returnees. The participants there were in a situation similar to mine. This motivated me even more to pursue my restart as best as I can and to realise my dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Today I am optimistic about the future.

As of: 01/2021

After my first meeting with a GGC advisor I felt very relieved – for the first time someone had taken time for me.
Doris, Ghana