COUNTRY/TOWN: Morocco / Oriental Region
LENGTH: 2019 - 2020
“United and powerful” (Unidas y poderosas) aims to contribute to the social insertion and socio-economic empowerment of women in the Oriental Region of Morocco by developing their entrepreneurship, management and leadership skills in the cooperatives sector.
Funded with European funds assigned to the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the British Council, we will carry it out in collaboration with several local partners: OFPPT – L’Office de la Formation Professionnelle et de la Promotion du Travail, CECODEL – Centre d’Études Coopératives pour le Développement Local and IYF – International Youth Foundation in Morocco.
This initiative prioritizes reducing the vulnerability of the rural population. To do so, we will work with small cooperatives in different sectors: agriculture, sea fishing, handicrafts and cookery, with training and very close monitoring to help improve the efficiency of their management and capacity for production.
The cooperative tradition is deeply rooted in this region, where there are currently 1,241 cooperatives grouped into 6 sectors of activity. The project focuses on three of the most significant of these sectors, accounting for 77% of the total: agriculture and sea fishing (466 cooperatives); crafts (352) and cookery (210), according to data from the Office de Développement de Coopération.
The beneficiaries of the project are 54 women, four of whom are professionals who will go on to become trainers and coaches, while the remaining 50 women, who are members of cooperatives in the region, will take part in the training programme.
The project is based upon three lines of work: