"Ouaalga - The women's cooperative." Morocco Things to Do Tip by pfsmalo

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  Entrance into the maze of streets that is Ouaalga.
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On our way down to the Western Sahara, somebody mentioned "Argan Oil", so we stopped in Ouaalga when we saw a sign for the "Women's cooperative for Argan Oil", on the right. After being bumped about on the dusty road for 3/400 metres, found a young girl who spoke French and she took us round to the Coop. We ended up having a superb afternoon with the women, amidst much laughing and music. They brought out cushions and mats for us, bread made by themselves, tea and home-made honey and proceeded to give us a real Berber afternoon. They gradually lost their natural restraints at being photographed and fairly let me run loose. Regrettably, around 4 pm we had to take leave after buying some "Argan Oil", amid promises to come back and don't forget to send the photos, which I have done yesterday.
If you want to know the process for creating this oil, google "argan oil" and read the Wikipedia page.

Address: Ouaalga, province of Tiznit
Directions: About 27 kms. south of Tiznit on the right hand side of the road. Look for the white "Women's Coop" sign.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 11, 2009
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Following your suggestion, I have just googled "argan oil" and read the Wikipedia page! Interesting, especially since the trees are so beneficial in protecting against soil erosion and the northern advance of the Sahara.

    • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Thanks Don, no matter the program that you see on TV showing the process in Marrakech or Agadir, this is the sort of place where it is really "artisanal"

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