Ouarzazate and Aït Benhaddou

Village Mosque
Village Mosque

We arrive at the oasis town of Ouarzazate after making a stop in Tinejdad. There, we'll arrive at the Ksar of El Khorbat and take a walk inside one of the unique and ancient fortified ksars (walled cities). We then visited a Berber museum and learned about the history, architecture, and daily life of Berbers in this region.

We spent A Day in the Life in Aït Benhaddou, beginning with meeting some of the local men and women who work in the fields, cutting the grass and plowing the land. Next, we learned more about the history of this ksar as we sit down with locals and have a conversation over mint tea. After, we visited the Imik Smik Women's Association for Rural Development. Established in 2012, the association's goal is to create workshops and programs that teach girls and women how to sew, read, cook, develop healthcare and further education that otherwise would not be available. Sponsored by Grand Circle Foundation, the Imik Smik Women's Association currently generates funding by selling bread, pastry, and couscous to local guesthouses in the village. We met these women and learned how they are trying to change their lives and those of the young women in their community, for the better.

Ouarzazate Gallery