Guest Post By: Senior studying Human Resources, Firdaous Chekroun. This fall, Firdaous studied abroad with the Early Fall Start Triple Impact Africa program in Morocco.
My time in Morocco was spent learning a lot, meeting new amazing people, and eating some great food. I was actually born in Morocco, but I decided to return for this program after reading about the mission. I was so excited to be able to be a part of the grant writing that would ultimately go towards helping farmers in the High Atlas Mountains. We trekked through the mountains and spent time in a village called Ait Bougamez. We got to spend time with the people of the village and hear about their struggles and goals for themselves and their children. When I got a chance to talk to some of the women who were part of the farming cooperative, I could see my mom and grandma in their warm smiles. I purchased a hand-made rug from one of the women who we learned was recently widowed. We all bought her beautiful rugs until she was sold out. I remember the look on her face every time I look at the rug now.