Support Girls and Women's Co-Ops in Morocco

by High Atlas Foundation
Jan 7, 2013

Co-op Establishes Rules and Operations for members

The Women of the COOP
The Women of the COOP

On Tuesday 20th November, Hassna Ait Hassou, HAF's community leader from Tassa Ouirgane, conducted a community meeting with the women of her Douar (village) concerning the rules they will adopt to manage their association. Hassna has been trained by the High Atlas Foundation's staff to lead meetings through participatory development methods. She is transmitting these skills to members of the Tassa Ouirgane Co-op to encourage autonomy and self-governance. 

Based on Hassna’ reflection, the day was very powerful because the community women showed that they were prepared to start to learn new skills to raise income in order to help their families and themselves. Hassna conveyed that during her meeting with the women, she ensured their full participation while creating norms by which they will manage their association. They went over the basic laws of the association to clarify the goals of the association. Through discussion, the women established the following rules:

  • The adherents should have identity card to be a member of the association.
  • All priorities of the association should pertain to the local club.
  • It‘s forbidden for any woman to bring her child with her to maintain an appropriate environment for work.
  • Respect the scheduled time.
  • Schedule will be from 2 pm to 6pm.
  • Divide the women into two groups if they are so many.
  • The first group will attend from 2pm to 4pm.
  • The second groups will attend from 4pm to 6pm. In case they are more, they will have another group from 10 am to 12am.
  • Every two women will share one machine and work together.

Association’s profits:

Here are the rules on how the profits of Tassa Ouirgane women’s association will be distributed: 

  • Set a meeting to discuss if the association needs any materials or no.
  • Once they provide the materials needed for the association, the remaining amount of money will be distributed between the adherents (those who are learning new skills at the Nadi ).
  • If the amount is less, it will be remained in the association account box for the association related materials.

Thank you so much to our supporters for providing these amazing women with the opportunity to organize and produce income for themselves. Their eagerness and committment is inspiring and apparent. More to come...

Women debating the by-laws
Women debating the by-laws

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High Atlas Foundation

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Alex Stein
NYC, NY (US) and Marrakech, Al Haouz (Maroc), Morocco

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