In the south-west of Morocco, Berber women have been producing argan oil for over 800 years. They have drizzeled it on couscous and salads, and applied it to hair and skin. The argan tree is endemic to these 8,300 square kilometres between Agadir, Essaouira and Taroudant.
Ten years ago, the women processed the argan tree seeds exclusively at home. It was only with the foundation of the cooperatives that they were given permission to work outside the home.
That the women are holding their own, supporting the men with their work and earning their own money is the true miracle of the argan oil. It was Morocco’s King Mohammed VI who put the advancement of women on his country’s agenda in 1999. Today, there are 60 argan oil cooperatives in the province.
"The effect argan
oil has had on the women’s lives is nothing short of miraculous."
Lufthansa Woman's World, № 04 / 2017
Photo Editor: Trine Skraastad
Author: Vanessa Oelker