At Santander BEST Africa we offer technical or economic support to enterprises that favour the employment of women, promote sustainability - economic, social and environmental - and contribute in an inclusive way to the development of the community.
Find out about some of the projects included in the programme.
The Al Amal Women's Association launched a bakery in Tetouan in 2018 with the aim of providing protected employment for women who were victims of violence and in a situation of social and economic vulnerability. The bakery allows abused women to train, work and generate sufficient income to rebuild their lives.
The textile cooperative of Tanafelt comprises 30 women dedicated to the production of textile handicrafts sold in the craft stalls and tourist stores of Chefchaouen, a well-known national and international tourist destination.
Women members of the Chefchaouen beekeeping cooperative will produce honey and honey products for sale at the "Maison de l'abeille" museum.
The Khzana Women's Cooperative is composed of 18 women and was created in 2008 in the rural village of Khzana, near Chefchaouen. The women are dedicated to textile handicrafts and try to innovate in handicraft production by incorporating new designs based on the patterns of the culture of this area of northern Morocco.
The Talassemtane cooperative was created in 2004 in the city center of Chefchaouen. This cooperative is made up of six young women who are experts in textile crafts and traditional products.
The main challenge for the development of the Al Hoceima National Park is to combine tourism and conservation.
At the Nissae-Bades Cooperative, "Women of Bades", located in a coastal area of the Al Hoceima National Park in Morocco, a total of 24 women from the community work on handicraft products made from wool and palm heart.
The population of the province of Al Hoceima is mainly rural and suffers from high poverty rates. As it is a mountainous area, difficult to access, with scattered and remote infrastructures and basic facilities, there are high rates of illiteracy, school dropouts and unemployment. Due to the pressure of social and cultural traditions, this situation affects women to a greater extent.