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I was born into a small traditional village on the Marrakesh Plain. Agriculture was the main means of livelihood –livestock and crops– and I had to play my part in my family’s farming activities each day, throughout the year.
I attended primary school and this involved a mile walk each way, twice a day. Of my class, only two of us were able to progress to high school In Marrakesh. My cousin and I, at age 12, looked after ourselves in a small house in the city, getting ourselves to school each day as well as cooking our meals and doing our laundry. But endeavour paid off and I was able to progress to college and take courses in first Practical Science and then, Business Management.
After this, I first worked for an English tourism company based in Morocco, gaining much further practical business management training. I was eventually given full responsibility for all of the company’s financial matters. I also took part in many of the trips that the company organised, gaining many certificates including Mountain Rescue and from the Moroccan Guide Federation. I am also qualified to lead rock climbing and kayaking.
Today, I am the owner and manager of my own company. My life’s journey has taken me far but it has not made me forget my home village on the Marrakesh Plain, a place to which I return frequently. To journey is good, to return fulfilled is even better.