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2023 Morocco Awareness Blog 4 Hero

Helping Women Stand Strong in Morocco

by Kristen Gilbert

November 27, 2023

2 minute read

In Marrakech, Morocco, the Amal Centre sits like a steady beacon of hope among the disadvantaged women of the area. Here, women who have found themselves in a difficult place in life are given the tools they need to change their future.

Preparing for financial independence

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For six intensive months, women at the Amal Centre train in every aspect of the restaurant industry, with one goal in mind – to secure a job and their own financial independence. They learn to cook and bake, the ins-and-outs of the service industry, and languages like French and English. With these new tools at their disposal, these women can secure a better future for themselves and their families.

A visit to the Amal Centre

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The Amal Centre is a thriving restaurant where women in training can hone their skills. The menu changes frequently based on the availability of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, but you can count on finding typical Moroccan fare such as chicken or beef tajine, their famous couscous (the Friday special), and wonderful desserts like almond or dark-chocolate tarts. All of this is served up with delightful Moroccan tea or a refreshing glass of lemonade.

Cooking classes

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You can enjoy a hands-on class to learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine like tajine (a Moroccan stew cooked in an earthenware pot), couscous (tiny, steamed balls of semolina flour), or pastilla (a savoury pie). If dessert is what you're into, try your hand at baking Moroccan delights such as gazelle horns (crescent-shaped cookies), beghrir (crepe-like pancakes) and ghriba (bite-sized pastry made from almonds and honey), just to name a few.

When you visit the Amal Centre, you're not only in for a delicious meal that supports a very worthy cause, but you can also see the center's trainees preparing for their future as independent women who are in control of their own destiny. Nothing can be more satisfying than that.

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