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Beyond the Net 19 December 2018

Empowering Moroccan Cooperatives to Participate in the Digital Economy

Cherkaoui Leghris
By Cherkaoui LeghrisResearch Professor of Networking and Telecommunications, Member of the Internet Society Morocco Chapter

KASBUY is a web platform to help Moroccan cooperatives, especially ones from women, to promote their handicrafts on international online markets. It will allow any registered cooperative, after following a well-defined and transparent process, to have its own online space to sell its products and manage its business and inventory management activities.

The project is supported by the Internet Society Beyond the Net Funding Programme and developed by the Internet Society Morocco Chapter in partnership with the public organization ODCO (Office du Développement de Coopération) and the private IT company Maghreb-SI.

Through the KASBUY platform, we aim to build an international community around Moroccan crafts and local products. The platform targets small women’s cooperatives that produce handicrafts and wish to reach a large audience through the Internet. In general, these cooperatives find it very difficult to sell their products either because of lack of visibility of their products, or because of the lack of competence in the digital payment process. The platform will provide more opportunities to sell their products.

The project aims to:

  • Help cooperatives to overcome the difficulties of selling their local products
  • Ensure stable salaries for cooperative members
  • Develop the cooperatives in a sustainable way, and support women and their families
  • Use the Internet to promote Moroccan heritage and preserve culture and diversity
  • Allow women to participate in the digital economy and highlight their creativity

KASBUY will also address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 (Gender Equality) and 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

Project manager: Cherkaoui LEGHRIS, Financial Responsible: Radouane MRABET, Web application developer: Reda JAALI, Reports Responsible: Aicha ABBAD, Social media account manager: Marouane ABBOUD, Monitoring: Abdelouahed LAABID and Mohammed HILALI


We’re looking for new ideas from people all over the world on how you can empower your community using the Internet. The Beyond the Net Funding Programme funds projects up to $30,000.

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