Founded and led by Richard’s mum, the Eve Branson Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of women and young girls in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains.
Many people in Morocco’s rural Atlas Mountains drop out of education at a young age. This affects the Berber community and their ability to earn an income. Working to tackle this, the Eve Branson Foundation runs centres to provide the opportunity to learn artisanal skills that can lead to a future income for individuals and their families.
Manna Ait Laarbi (Mina) and Malika Okik run the Bread Kitchen at Kasbah Tamadot.
Mina is a much-loved member of the team of artisans, running a small bread kitchen at Kasbah Tamadot alongside her kitchen partner Malika Okik. Here the duo showcase artisan bread-making techniques and serve a lunch of traditional Moroccan wood-fired flatbread (known as ‘tanourt') daily, to lunch guests at Kasbah Tamadot. From her work, Mina is able to earn a regular income which supports herself and her sisters.
“I am very happy working here and with the people from the Eve Branson Foundation, close to my home.”