Rkiya is 63 years old. She is originally from Itzer, she moved to Ait Yahya Oualla
once she got married. Like many women her age she is not formally educated and spent most
of her days learning how to weave from her mother. After giving birth to her two children she
stopped weaving. She no longer had the energy to keep up with household work and taking
care of the kids. It wasn’t until she joined Arkhbil Sewing and Weaving Cooperative that she found
renewed energy. In the early morning you can hear the sounds of Rkiya pounding away at the loom. She is
the first one to arrive at the cooperative and the last one to leave. Selling her products keeps
Rkiya energized and excited about weaving.