The Training

Amal offers a unique training program for women to learn the ropes of cooking in a professional setting. Our trainees learn by doing under the guidance of experienced chefs to earn a valuable skill-set that helps them secure their first job in the local food sector. The training is the core of why Amal exists, and the trainees are at the heart of our mission.

In addition to the practical aspect, the training includes classes in French and life skills. Community members also volunteer their time to give our trainees fun, enriching experiences like yoga or art classes.
“What I'm going to say is something is coming out from my heart and I would keep saying that in any circumstances. Amal changed my life when I first came into the organization I was treated with dignity and I will always remember that. It was the comfort and the respect that I didn't find anywhere else, throughout 47years of my life.”
Amal's Trainee
How it Works

Our program offers the
women a
life plan

We receive up to 100 applications for every cohort of 15 trainees, as the training is seen as a valuable path to personal and professional transformation. We select students who demonstrate the most need, as well as that 'spark' of motivation and drive to put in the work and change their narratives.

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The benefits

Why Training?

In Morocco, women make up only 25% of the active workforce. That means that women's labor is largely underpaid and undervalued. Our training builds on the inherent skills that most Moroccan women have already, which are the amazing ability to cook delicious meals out of simple, local ingredients. We help women transfer these skills to a high-volume, demanding restaurant setting. After graduation, we help our students secure their first job in a local restaurant, cafe or other establishment. This is truly a celebration for all, and a step towards breaking the cycles of generational poverty.

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Who is eligible

Want to join our program?

The Amal training program is open to women who meet the following criteria:
- Disadvantaged backgrounds such as widows, divorced women, single mothers, and orphans
- Aged 18 and up
- Difficulty accessing the labor market
- Strong motivation

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