• Association Nahda from Souq El Hed, Morocco
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    Organized in 2008, Association Nahda, or renaissance, is a fitting name for association in the small, yet progressive town of Oued Ifrane. Three men, Mustapha Chaouai, Said Degousi and Hassan Skuri started the association in order to find new ways ... show more Organized in 2008, Association Nahda, or renaissance, is a fitting name for association in the small, yet progressive town of Oued Ifrane. Three men, Mustapha Chaouai, Said Degousi and Hassan Skuri started the association in order to find new ways to create higher paying jobs in their village. Because of founders’ skill sets of working with wood and metal, the association started by selling functional items made for Moroccan homes at craft fairs throughout the country. Their success inspired them to make sure the women in their village gained access to higher paying jobs within the village as well. Women in Oued Ifrane traditionally travelled to neighboring areas to do agriculture work for little pay. However, the founders of the association recognized the local women’s carpet weaving talent passed down through many generations and thought that if they were organized under the association, the women could sell their carpets and become financially independent. As a result, Association Nahda submitted an application to the Moroccan government to create a women’s cooperative in the village in 2011. The association now takes 10% of each sale and reinvests this money back into the women. Currently, the association is saving the money to invest in new female-oriented businesses, such as a bakery, in order to diversify and create more income generating opportunities for women in the village.

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    Fatima Haddash from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Naima Mehboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fadma Mehboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Hafida Mehboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fatima Gourami from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Mustapha Chaouai from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Hanan Sadaoui from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    El Kibera Tahiri  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Ssadia Bakhalk from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fatima Hajou  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    aicha mhdaoui from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fatima Mahboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fadma Mehboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Aicha Mehboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    hlima najib from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Nbarcha Bally from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fatima Hafsi from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Rabha Houari  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fatima Mahboub from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fatima Aghzaf from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Zineb M3mri from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Hada Bouaza from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Zolikha laytoun from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Samira Rhawi from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Rkia Baho from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Naima azroial from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fatima bokbir from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Hlima sbai from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Hafida hafsi from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Hafida Shui  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Anana Mehdawi  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Meriam Amskini  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Rkia Fdoli  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Malikah Tahari  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Fadma Mahboub  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Malikah Mahboub  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Hafida Mahboub  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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    Aicha Srghini  from Souq El Hed, Morocco

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