Development of Women Entrepreneurship

The Development of Women Entrepreneurship is a project executed during the period 2001-2005, with an extension until May 2007,  thanks to a USD 1 664 537 funding provided by the Spanish Agency for International cooperation (AECI).

There are three subcomponents of this project targeting 650 rural women and reaching out on more than 2 400 people:

  • Crushing of olives in the region of Ouezzane- Chefchaouen ;
  • Drying of pears and prunes in the region of Taounate ;
  • Traditional handicrafts in the region of Sefrou.

1.    Crushing of olives: The Beneficiaries, 192 women from around ten associations and cooperatives in the regions of Ouezzane and Chefchaouen, merged into a federation called « FEDOLIVE » and recently transformed into an Economic Interest Group (GIE Femmes du Rif).

2.    Drying of pears and prunes: The beneficiaries, 70 women, are from an association (Women Association of Production Development in Bouadel– Province of Taounate) which has recently been changed into a cooperative.

3.    Traditional handicrafts: Entrepreneurial and management courses have been taught at two cooperatives.

  • To contribute to the social and economic development through income improvement of rural women;
  • To bring stability to the population and identify the Income Generating Activities able to contribute to the fight against unemployment and poverty;
  • To bring support to Local Supporting Institutions in providing a close assistance and setting-up the foundations to perpetuate the dynamism generated by this programme.
  • To improve the entrepreneurial capabilities and the production techniques of women from suburban and rural areas in the North of Morocco.
Impact of the project

1.   A net improvement of Women Know-How: To improve the working method, master up to date production technologies, develop knowledge in the field of management, marketing and quality control, and adapt the capabilities to the market needs.

2.  Significant improvement in women living standards: Increase in their financial independence with repercussions onto their families and changes in men’s behaviour.

3.  Support in kind or cash from the local authorities to secure an enabling environment for the success and perpetuation of the project, and to encourage the local populations in developing similar projects.

Installation of modern technologies to obtain quality products, in line with international norms and standards - particularly the use of cold pressure for the crushing of olives, introduction of hybrid drying technique for the drying of pears and prunes and the use of craft-.  

These projects are nowadays a reference and model to follow in the development of similar projects, with the possibility to be used within the scope of the South-South Cooperation.

6.  The established synergies in collaboration with other local and international NGOs and the coordination with other bilateral and multilateral programmes as well as local institution enabled an efficient use of resources and skills and a better local impact.