The mother of eight children, Hafida has a patience known to very few. However, upon realizing the craft of weaving mendil was dying, this patience wore thin. The traditional fabric of the north, the mendil holds a special place in Hafida’s heart as a symbol of her culture; she refused to let its significance fade without a fight. Using her background in design, Hafida founded the Coopérative Aros in an effort to both empower the women in her community and revive their shared heritage. She knows that the only way for this craft to stay alive is to explore its new role in the lives of her people and innovate beyond tradition, something Hafida has done nothing but since her cooperative’s inception.