2. Empowering Women
Previously, women in small family businesses of two or three people would collect the argan fruit and extract its oil. Their husbands or brothers would then sell the oil in local markets or exchange it for sugar and other goods. In recent years, however, women’s co-operatives have been created to meet the surge in demand. These co-operatives provide the women with an income, as well as a social experience and improved status. Women regain the capacity to decide, to manage their income and to invest in the future by sending their children to school. The argan oil trade has made changes that will influence the way that society sees women. AAZ ARGAN employees about 4,000 women at over 40 co-operatives.