We place women’s empowerment at the center of our projects, supporting their development as leaders able to imagine and implement a pathway to social and economic vitality.
A Multi-dimensional Approach
We believe that supporting and empowering women is a crucial first step to all community development. Our projects typically start with a community IMAGINE workshop that encourages and equips women to have emotionally healthy discussions that expand their confidence and self-agency while identifying personal goals and priorities.
In addition to our IMAGINE workshops, our Cooperative Building programs provide women with business knowledge and opportunities across agricultural and artisanal markets. Our Legal Clinic program provides free clinics designed to educate Moroccan women on their rights.
We believe that empowering women empowers families. This perspective drives our Family Literacy program. Going beyond women’s empowerment, this program addresses the literacy and numeracy needs of rural women, girls, and young children. The program also incorporates early childhood development and parenting classes.
We begin every community development project with a women’s empowerment workshop facilitated by Moroccan women. These workshops aim to expand capacity by identifying personal priorities and goals. Since 2017, we have conducted over 130 IMAGINE workshops in 25 provinces with over 3,000 women.
These interactive workshops, led by highly trained facilitators, provide a clear pathway for women to grow as leaders of their communities, helping them develop and implement strategies for economic, social, and environmental vitality.Learn More
Our group psychosocial therapy fosters resilience and equips people with strategies for emotional and mental recovery. Through various activities and discussions, the workshop helps people rebuild a sense of self in the wake of grief and disaster. It is a crucial first step toward the work of rebuilding lives and livelihoods.Learn More
After IMAGINE empowerment workshops, many participants choose to launch cooperatives in their communities as a financial stimulus and social network. We come alongside these women to support cooperatives, often bringing in expert volunteers to provide training and problem-solving.
Following our philosophy of community-led sustainable development, cooperatives are planned and implemented by the women of the community. Many of the cooperatives choose to focus on agriculture, building fruit tree nurseries for local sale and distribution. The result is value-added products and processing, artisan crafts, and textile production that they are able to take to market.
The Legal Clinic program initiates collaboration between Moroccan universities and underserved communities to increase equitable access to legal information, legal aid, and socio-economic integration in marginalized communities, specifically among women, youth, migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and survivors of trafficking.
Since the beginning of the program in 2009, our Legal Clinics have worked with 8 Moroccan universities, establishing 2 legal aid clinics in Fes and Marrakech. We are now launching the third iteration of the program in Oujda.
Supported through the European Union’s EuropeAid initiative, our Family Literacy program grew out of community meetings where women collectively identified education and capacity-building as a main priority. The program has provided women in Beni Mellal, Khenifra, Fquih Ben Saleh, Azilal, Al Haouz, Rhamna, Chichaoua, and Essaouira with literacy classes, empowerment workshops, and technical skills training.
Discover the benefits of our programs.
Learn about how our women’s empowerment programs have benefitted people, families, and communities.
Boukidar Farmers Union
In the rugged landscape of Boukidar, a union of women is transforming dairy farming through innovation and determination.
Supporting Entrepreneurs in Demnate
After investment by local and global partners, Taslit Nourtane is a thriving cooperative with steady income, plans for expansion, and a commitment to empowering their community to do the same.
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Europe-LAND webinar and the High Atlas Foundation: The participatory approach.
From food security to biodiversity loss, land use and management lies at the heart of many sustainability challenges.
Empowering Communities for Sustainable Development: Insights from the Fifth Regional Forum in Bir Gandus
Our Other Programs
High Atlas Foundation supports a variety of sustainable development projects within Moroccan communities that may interest you.
A holistic program supplying farmers with trees from our community-managed nurseries that allows them to diversify their crops and add higher-value products to their market strategy.
Accessing new water sources and building water containment and delivery systems immediately improves infant mortality rates, increases girls’ participation in education, and expands agricultural production.
Our cultural dialogue and preservation program encourages local communities to capture, preserve, and transmit their collective memories so that they are better equipped to take ownership of the revitalization of their own histories.
Our carbon credit program ensures our partners can help develop sustainably by planting fruit and nut trees with Morocco's farming communities, families, and cooperatives - a nature-based solution for global climate change and climate justice.