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Do you belong to the African Diaspora and want to support your friend’s or family’s business?

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Learn how WIDU works

Participating countries

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Female Entrepreneurs
success joint projects
Paricipating businesses
.1 Mio.€
Disbursed Grants

About WIDU is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In collaboration with the African diaspora in Europe, WIDU applies an innovative approach that combines funding and coaching to strengthen new and existing small businesses in Africa, which then leads to the creation of new jobs. 

Find out more about WIDU.

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Am I eligible to take part?

1. Donor

• At least 18 years old.

• Has a valid passport of one of our participating African countries together with a residence permit for one of the participating European countries or hold citizenship of one of the participating European countries.

2. Entrepreneur

• At least 18 years old.

• Resides in one of the participating African countries.

• Holds citizenship for the respective African country.

• Would like to start or expand a small business with less than 20 employees.

• Has access to a bank or mobile money account to receive the grant.

Please note that additional criteria apply depending on which grant you apply for.

2. How do I register?

The registration process for WIDU is as follows:

• A member of the diaspora from a participating European country registers on

• A registration link will be sent to the donor’s e-mail with which he/she can create an account.

• Having created the account, the donor can invite an entrepreneur in a participating country by entering his/her email address.

• The entrepreneur receives an email with a link. Clicking on it, he/she can register on WIDU.

• Your WIDU team is complete, and you can enter your project information.

3. How much is the grant?

The grant depends on your individual project and which process you apply for:

Original WIDU Grant

• 250 to 2.500 € (depending on Joint Investment)

Corona Business Grant

• Up to 2500 €

See more FAQs here.

WIDU is always free of charge

We do not ever ask diaspora donors or African entrepreneurs, nor their relatives or friends, to pay for our services. WIDU funding and coaching is and will always be provided for free.
Do not under any circumstances agree to give a share of your WIDU grant to a broker or a middle-man. These brokers/middle-men are breaking the law and will be sued by us.