I met Renda Nazzal, Founder of The Argan Project, when she was living in Morocco and working with a non-profit. During her time there, Renda was inspired by the rural women of Southwest Morocco and wanted to support them in a sustainable way. Upon her return to the US, she launched The Argan Project with the following mission in mind:
“The Argan Project partners with female-owned and operated argan oil cooperatives and family farmers in Morocco. Our work thrives on collaboration among people who care about social equality, economic stability, healthy living and fair trade. The Argan Project is dedicated to empowering women, families and farmers in Morocco and California through the production, sales and use of argan oil food and skincare products.
The Argan Project collaborates with NGOs and communities in Southwest Morocco to develop projects aimed to empower rural youth, women and families. In 2013, The Argan Project partnered with local organizations and schools to bring hundreds of books from the U.S. and major cities within Morocco to create Amskroud’s first community library.”**
The Argan Project offers both culinary and cosmetic oils. I can personally vouch for the Amlou and the cosmetic organ oil. The Amlou – an almond butter made from Moroccan argan oil + California almonds and honey – is a dream, and the cosmetic oil is perfect for pampering dry skin and preventing wrinkles.
Visit The Argan Project site to learn more about project, why it matters, and order some of that delicious Amlou (for real. IT’S TO DIE FOR. Except you don’t have to die to enjoy it. Just order it HERE).
**As described on The Argan Project website