Week One of Artisan Management of Anou

Last week we brought together the leaders of Anou’s artisan community for four days in order to prepare them to take over operations of the Anou store on January 16th (read more about Anou’s transition to becoming fully artisan led). As of tomorrow, the leaders will have taken the reigns of the site for one week and there have been no major issues so far. Things are looking bright for the rest of the month!

The smooth week we’ve experienced can easily be traced back to all the topics we covered during our four day training. Below are a few of our favorite pictures from the training. If you want to see all the pictures, check out the album on Anou’s Facebook page.

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Rabha, Kenza, Brahim, Mustaph Chaouai and Tom eat lunch when everyone arrives in Figuig after a long journey from their villages.

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The training kicked off with a afternoon walk out to the Algeria – Morocco border.

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In order to improve the overall packaging on the Anou store, Anou’s team organizes an egg drop contest. The team member who uses the least amount of money to buy packaging to protect an egg from a two story drop wins!

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Four out of the five eggs dropped survive the fall. Not bad!

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Mustapha’s egg survived!

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After the egg drop contest, Brahim begins to walk through everyone on the new dashboard. The tools on the dashboard enable the team to do things like review new products added to the Anou store, send payments and track existing orders, among other features.

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Brahim teaches Rabha how to send payments to artisans using the new dashboard.

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From left to right, Kenza, Rabha, Brahim and Mustapha interview members of Association Assala to begin building the association’s online store on Anou.

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This is what an effective training looks like. Every member of Association Assala gets a chance to informally ask questions with Anou’s team before the training begins.

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Brahim delegates the responsibility for the training to each member of the Anou team.

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Rabha trains each member of the association basic photography skills.

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Mustapha gathers any relevant information about the products and materials the association uses.

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While Mustapha and Rabha work with the association, Kenza and Brahim set up the association’s online account on their mobile phones.

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After a short while, the association begins to take some stunning photographs of their products.

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Anou’s team spends the remaining time in Figuig finishing up the association’s account and reviewing any aspects of Anou they don’t fully understand. By the end of the training, Anou’s team was ready to take over the management of Anou!

This is just a quick glimpse into the preparation of Anou’s team to take over the site. To learn more about this training, take a look at our Facebook album! 

2 thoughts on “Week One of Artisan Management of Anou

  1. I am so impressed with the progress that I’m seeing. I’m so excited to see responsibilities are being tranferred to the artisan team. Whoever thought if the egg packaging exercise, what a great idea!

    • Thanks, Stacy! We’re two weeks into our pilot phase. It is looking good so far, but we’ll see how the next two weeks go! Thanks for following their progress!

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