Factory worker

The professional and personal life of Fouzia El Hassar resembles that of many young women who grew up in rural areas before settling in a big city in search of a saving job for each young woman and her family. Coming from the surrounding countryside of Marrakech, she was removed by her parents from school very early in order to work as a housemaid. Fouzia prefers however not to mention that period that is synonymous for her with suffering and deprivations. At twenty, she took her destiny in her own hand and enrolled in a training of sewing. For two years, she also attended evening classes as part of a literacy program where she learned to read and write in Arabic: "My life has literally changed. I finally could read the Qur'an, the signs in the streets and any document I had to sign ", she said. After attending internships, she was recruited as a factory worker by Mrs. Diouri, who runs the Nakadil store in Rabat. "We manufacture many things here, curtains, tablecloths, towels ... For me it is important to work because it enables me to meet my needs and those of my mother and my sister," says Fouzia El Hassar who dreams of founding a family, having a child whom she would send to school so that he or she can secure "an honorable position within society".


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