Women for changer 2015: Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald/Morocco

Born in Morocco to American parents, Nora grew up immersed in these two cultures. She went through the Moroccan school system, and studied in the United States where she was awarded a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Spanish. Back in Marrakesh, she started a family. As a young mother with 3 children, Nora is aware of the issues facing mothers in difficulty. After a particularly distressing encounter with a young mother who was begging, she started the project that was to become AMAL. In 2013, she set up the AMAL centre, a restaurant charity.

Her project
Providing small grants for women who want to set up their own catering micro-business.

The objectives of her project
The project, led by AMAL, aims to support 8 to 16 women set up their own catering micro-business. Each micro-business will include 2 to 4 women. The selected women are from disadvantaged backgrounds; they have all taken part in a 6 month training course in cooking, bakery, and table service. The trainee chefs have also received business training to learn how to manage a company, . The objective of this project is to help these marginalized women achieve economic independence by setting up their own restaurant. In this way, they can learn the confidence which comes from professional achievement.

The organization
The AMAL association for Culinary Arts

In different parts of Marrakesh



Women for change, Orange Foundation award

These five women who are committed to helping the women of their country are all truly exceptional. The candidates are all from the Mediterranean region.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project (€25,000.).

The results of the vote will be announced at the Women’s Forum on October 16th at 11:00am (CET).

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