Meet Rquia

Fen El Jeld
Founded in 2018
Craft: Leatherworking

Rquia has always been fascinated by the world of handicrafts, particularly the traditionally male-centric field of leather work. Unintimidated by the industry’s lack of women, Rquia was determined to learn what it meant to be a leatherworker and sought a mentor in her community. She eventually found one; he gave her task after task and she exceeded expectations every single time. From there, Rquia knew there was nothing stopping other women from joining her other than imposed ignorance and so began investing in their training. She partnered with another female leatherworker, a pioneer in the field, and together they created the first female leatherwork co-op in Marrakesh.