Hasisi is from Ait Abess, having moved to Tasltant searching for work when she was 40 years old. She is the mother of 4 boys who are all attending school. She hopes that having moved to a new place, her boys will be able to have a good future. In her village, the idea of learning and going to school was not even a question - no one did it. She is grateful that her children can pursue and education in Tasalnant. Hasisi learned weaving recently from one of her family members that lives here. She loves that there is a coop and hopes to be able to earn a sustainable income to support her children's education. She hopes that her work will one day be known by all the world.
Aala was born in Ait Hakim in 1986, is married to a man in the local village, has four children and has never had the opportunity to attend school and neither have her children because of her level of poverty. Aala learned weaving from her mother when she was a young girl, specializing in carpets. She hopes to learn more and benefit financially from the cooperative so that she can send her children to school.
Fatima Aadi was born in 1968 in the Timit village. Fatima is married to a man from the local village, is the mother of five children and never had the opportunity to attend school because her father died in her childhood and she had to help support the household. She learned weaving from the women of the village at a young age, specializing in hadiras, or decorative blankets. Fatima loves that the coop exists, as it has the potentially to bring a good and improved future to the women of the village. She hopes that it will be as successful as the other associations in the region.
Touda was born in 1969, is married to a man from the local region and is the mother of four children. She loves that there is a cooperative in her village, and learned weaving from her neighbor when she was a young girl, as her mother passed away during her childhood. Because of the death of her mother, she was not able to attend school and had to attend to household duties. Touda specializes in Boucherouite rugs, and hopes to be able to sell more products in the foreseeable future so that she and other women of the village can benefit.
This handwoven traditional black and white rug is famous in the Ait Bouguemez region. Thick and warm in feel, the traditional symbols and geometric patterns can add a Berber Moroccan flair to any space.
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