Goulmima is a little dusty village between the desert and the Atlas mountains in the south-east of Morocco. Here a woman called Fatima, who already was part of Slow Food, decided to take action and to create her own convivium (local Slow Food chapter).
Fatima lives with her sister and her mother and, in a house in front of a mill, she created a cooperative of women who make cous cous. She buys the corn from a local farmer in order to control the quality of her product from the seeding of the plant to the packing.
We had to chance to follow her and the other women to see how cous cous is made. It´s a 5 steps process:
- the grains are taken from the farm to the mill, where they become flour
- the flour is put in the water where it becomes a solid block
- the block is worked with dry hands and crumbled until it becomes granules
- the granules are worked with a sieve
- the granules who passed through the first sieve are worked with a smaller one and so on, until the granules reach the desired dimension.
This group of less than 10 women works every day and all day long sitting on the ground. They have a runaway imagination and they try to spice up their product adding some herbs and figuring out how to expand their market: a pure example of how women can become powerful in a patriarchal culture.