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Tamanar, ladies cooperative of Argan

Processing of Argan oil Photo, Essaouira, Morocco

This little village called Tamaner lays in the south of Essaouira and famous for its cooperative for processing Argan-nut for cooking and cosmetic oils. Argan tree is only to be found in Morocco and most of the production is purchased by the French. It is proven that Argan oil helps aging-wrinkles, rheumatic complaints and skin irritations. Cooking with Argan oil is not only healthy but also very tasty too. In this cooperative in Tamanar village, 50 ladies work full time and many more part-time. Their children go to the school in the cooperative complex and they have library too. This is one of the places in Morocco where I saw hope and happiness in people's eyes. They were really proud of being there, posing for my pictures, teaching how to process the nut.

You can walk around freely, talk to ladies, help them with work if you want and of course buy a couple of bottles to take with you home. Oil for cosmetic purposes costs 50 dirhams and for cooking costs 100 dirhams. After I came back I regretted not buying more of this stuff because it is really great value for money a present for your body and soul.

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