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A new start in your own shop

Ein Mann sitzt auf einem Stuhl. Eine Frau steht vor ihm. Sie schütteln sich die Hand.
Derrick runs a household appliance business.

A new start in your own shop

My name is Derrick; I'm 29 years old and come from Ghana. I studied computer science, but couldn't find work in my home country. I came to Germany as a tourist in 2014, stayed there and worked in a restaurant. But my life was not as I had imagined it.

I didn't feel comfortable in this foreign country, although I had learned German and found a job. I missed my friends and family. Due to homesickness I often listened to a Ghanaian radio station. There I learned about the "German-Ghanaian Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration" (GMAC) in Accra. When I made contact, I was referred to a reintegration scout in Germany.

The scout explained my options for returning to Ghana and building a future for myself there. I then decided to return voluntarily. The time had come in 2018. The centre had arranged accommodation for me. So after my return I knew immediately where I could go.

I then took part in a training course for business start-ups. There I learned how to set up a company. I also took a three-month internship, which gave me a lot of practical knowledge.

The "Sparkassenstiftung" gave me a loan to start my business. I decided to open a household appliance shop. I also operate a branch for "Mobile Money" there. This is a service that makes transfers by mobile phone. Business is good.

As of 12/2019

The opportunities for advice and assistance described here are offered as part of “Returning to New Opportunities”.

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"I am proud to have made a fresh start back home."
Derrick, Ghana