Association Feminine El Khir is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help women gain financial independence by teaching them how to cook and start an entrepreneurial undertaking by opening a cafe.
Tour revenue will be invested in the cooperative that teaches local women tactical skills as well as in purchasing materials for cooking classes.
Any day by appointment
Adults, Children, Families, Youth, Professionals, People with disabilities
English, French, Arabic
Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)
1 to 30
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
This org is new to the travel industry
Your visit will make an extra impact! Expect off the beaten path conditions.
Immerse yourself in Moroccan cooking culture and support the local community at the same time! After an introduction to Association Feminine El Khir and its work, take a short walk through the Medina of Essaouira, a fortified 18th-century fishing village and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the organization’s second location, where a beautiful rooftop terrace and kitchen await you. There, you’ll begin your Moroccan baking class while enjoying sweeping views of the ocean.
In this baking class, you will learn to cook some of the most famous and traditional Moroccan desserts. Discover the secret to making the perfect baklava and learn how to bake the perfect Moroccan gazelle horn, a delicious crescent-shaped pastry filled with almond paste and baked until nearly golden. The cooking class will last 3 hours and end with a tasting of your own homemade desserts!
The opportunity to have a personal class with a local organization which is not primarily involved in the tourist industry was a really nice window into an aspect of Moroccan life. And everything was very well organized and smooth! I actually already have referred the organization to several people in my tour group!
Rue Regragua, N3, Avenue Al Massira, Essaouira, Essaouira Province, Morocco
Exit the Medina by the BAB Doukkala gate and take the second street on your right: Boulevard Al Massira, a commercial street. Continue straight ahead and turn right at the first street. The associatioEn is a few meters further on your right, on the first floor.
To provide women with training in literacy and employability to develop financial autonomy that empowers them to generate sufficient income to cover their daily needs.
Cooking classes for underprivileged women
Job placement for women
Childcare for the women while they’re learning
Language courses in French, English, and Arabic
Education courses for women who never attended school