From 14 to 17 November, Mohamed Salhi, member of ALDA Governing Board, and Anne-Laure Joedicke, coordinator for the Med area, were in Morocco to launch the first project that will be implemented by ALDA in the country, in partnership with ARDES – l’Association Régionale de Développement Economique et Social (ARDES, The Regional Association for Economic and Social Development).

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This one-year project called “Associations Villageoises d’Epargne et Crédit (AVEC) pour l’Autonomisation économique et sociale des femmes vulnérables” (Villages Associations of Savings and Loans for the Economic and social empowerment of vulnerable women) is co-funded by the Raja Foundation (France).

The project aims at promoting the empowerment and the socio-economic integration of vulnerable women in the Tiddas region of Morocco through the institutionalization of a form of mutual assistance based on solidarity and adapted to the poorest households. The 100 women selected for this project will benefit from a training that will allow the setting up of 5 Village Associations of Savings and Loans (AVEC, according to its acronym in French). These women will then be trained by two field workers to create and manage Income Generating Activities in order to develop small profitable and enduring businesses.

The official launching ceremony was held in the region of Khémisset on 16 November and was the occasion to meet 20 women who will benefit from this project and to present them the project itself. The day before, Mohamed Salhi and Anne-Laure Joedicke went to Aït Ichaq in order to meet the beneficiaries of a similar project that just ended. The ALDA team was glad to hear that these women managed to save enough money to create a cooperative of olive oil extraction. This is a strong encouragement for the 100 women who will take part to the AVEC project.

The ALDA team seized also the opportunity of this mission to Morocco to attend the COP 22 in Marrakech, where ALDA had a stand. It was the occasion to meet a lot of African actors active in the field of sustainable development.

ALDA is looking forward to a stronger cooperation and more numerous activities in the country and this fruitful mission and launch of the AVEC project are for sure a good starting point, also paving the way for a future LDA Morocco.

From 14 to 17 November, Mohamed Salhi, member of ALDA Governing Board, and Anne-Laure Joedicke, coordinator for the Med area, were in Morocco to launch the first project that will be implemented by ALDA in the country, in partnership with ARDES – l’Association Régionale de Développement Economique et Social (ARDES, The Regional Association for Economic and Social Development).

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This one-year project called “Associations Villageoises d’Epargne et Crédit (AVEC) pour l’Autonomisation économique et sociale des femmes vulnérables” (Villages Associations of Savings and Loans for the Economic and social empowerment of vulnerable women) is co-funded by the Raja Foundation (France).

The project aims at promoting the empowerment and the socio-economic integration of vulnerable women in the Tiddas region of Morocco through the institutionalization of a form of mutual assistance based on solidarity and adapted to the poorest households. The 100 women selected for this project will benefit from a training that will allow the setting up of 5 Village Associations of Savings and Loans (AVEC, according to its acronym in French). These women will then be trained by two field workers to create and manage Income Generating Activities in order to develop small profitable and enduring businesses.

The official launching ceremony was held in the region of Khémisset on 16 November and was the occasion to meet 20 women who will benefit from this project and to present them the project itself. The day before, Mohamed Salhi and Anne-Laure Joedicke went to Aït Ichaq in order to meet the beneficiaries of a similar project that just ended. The ALDA team was glad to hear that these women managed to save enough money to create a cooperative of olive oil extraction. This is a strong encouragement for the 100 women who will take part to the AVEC project.

The ALDA team seized also the opportunity of this mission to Morocco to attend the COP 22 in Marrakech, where ALDA had a stand. It was the occasion to meet a lot of African actors active in the field of sustainable development.

ALDA is looking forward to a stronger cooperation and more numerous activities in the country and this fruitful mission and launch of the AVEC project are for sure a good starting point, also paving the way for a future LDA Morocco.