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ASSURIF/ⴰⵙⵓⵔⵉⴴ: A step towards the socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable women and youth.

Location

8 communes in Azilal Province, Morocco

Duration

2021 - 2022

Category

Socio-economic empowerment

The ASSURIF/ⴰⵙⵓⵔⵉⴴ project, or "step" in Tamazight, has made a remarkable impact on the social and economic empowerment of vulnerable youth and women in the Azilal region. Through this project, 7 small-scale projects have been successfully established, comprising 4 cooperatives and 3 individual entrepreneurs, benefiting a total of 25 people. This initiative has played a pivotal role in enhancing economic opportunities for marginalized communities.

The project also involved providing technical and material support in the form of equipment and supplies to self-employed project owners and existing cooperatives in the region. The beneficiaries, selected through a competitive process in partnership with ANAPEC Azilal, underwent comprehensive training on market research, business planning, and legal frameworks.

A significant milestone in this project was the ceremony held for the distribution of equipment to the beneficiaries. The event was attended by esteemed individuals, including the Head of the Social Work Department in Azilal, the Director of ANAPEC Azilal, local community leaders, and media representatives. It served as a poignant reminder of the pivotal role that small businesses play in enhancing social and economic integration among vulnerable groups.

Moving forward, the project remains committed to providing long-term support to the beneficiaries. This project's success is a testament to the positive impact of partnership-driven initiatives in fostering social and economic development, ensuring a brighter future for the Azilal province.

Impact

  • The project supported 7 small enterprises and cooperatives, benefitting 25 individuals in Azilal, significantly improving the economic prospects of vulnerable youth and women.
  • Youth and women received essential material support and technical training, enhancing their market readiness and legal compliance.
  • 15 local organizations (11 associations, 4 cooperatives) capacities strengthened to launch advocayc projects to support widowed women, disabled youth, and informal sector workers with vocational training, self-employment programs, and local product valorization centers, significantly boosting economic prospects

Success Stories

Abderzak, a beneficiary, is delighted to receive a full equipped delivery electric bike

Abderzak

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Abderzzak, or PIKHI, as would locals would call him, played a vital role in his city by providing essential delivery services. AIDECA recognized his dedication and, through the ASSURIF project, provided him with training and an electric bike to launch his small delivery business. This support allowed Abderzzak to expand his services, increase his income, and improve his family's situation.

Salah, President of Atlas Ours Tour for Tourism Cooperative in Tilouguite, Azilal

Atlas Ours Tour for Tourism Cooperative in Tilouguite, Azilal

A collective of passionate youth from Tilouguite in Azilal province, each adept in mountain sports like kayaking and canoeing, collaborated to establish a cooperative with support from the ASSURIF project. Through their combined efforts, the cooperative has flourished, offering engaging mountain biking tours in the picturesque Cathedral Imsfrane tourist area. This initiative not only reflects their shared love for mountain sports but also plays a part in fostering sustainable tourism in the region.

Meryem, President of Cooperative of Ibrah Tamartis in ouaouzerth, Azilal

Cooperative of Ibrah Tamartis in ouaouzerth, Azilal

The Cooperative of Ibrah Tamartis comprises five creative young women specializing in traditional Moroccan embroidery and decoration. Graduates of the Vocational Training Center for National Cooperation, they faced challenges in acquiring advanced equipment suitable for their unique productions and effectively marketing their creations. Through the ASSURIF project, they seized the opportunity to become a pioneering cooperative in sewing and embroidery in the community of Ouizzaght in the Azilal province.

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Assurif/ⴰⵙⵓⵔⵉⴴ project Socio-Economic empowerment of Youth and women Azilal province
Assurif/ⴰⵙⵓⵔⵉⴴ project Socio-Economic empowerment of Youth and women Azilal province
Assurif/ⴰⵙⵓⵔⵉⴴ project Socio-Economic empowerment of Youth and women Azilal province

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