Remembering Fatima Etoumi

Fadma Cooperative TaytmatineThe Anou community is sad to hear the sudden passing of Fadma Etouimi of Cooperative Taytmatine due to health complications. We want to send our condolences to her friends, family and the women of Cooperative Taytmatine. Her community describes her as a person who warmed the hearts of all who knew her and quick to smile and welcome new friendships. She loved people and was known to give what little she had to those she felt had a greater need. She lived with her mother and brother in the small rural village of Touama in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains her entire life.

Born with a disability, she struggled with her health and was unable to attend school or work outside her home.  Fadma never complained about her life though, and found joy in making traditional crafts.  To help support her family and pay for her medicine, she made and sold carpets, dolls, and crocheted items.  She attended trainings offered nearby and joined a local cooperative where she was known to be full of creative ideas.

Her favorite craft was carpet weaving. She spun and dyed the wool sheered from local sheep and wove unique designs into her carpets.  In her spare time, she helped teach mothers and other women how to make toys to support preschool education in Touama.  She dreamed of one day traveling to Rabat.

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