If you'd rather support small local businesses rather than give your money to retail giants, two new online shopping experiences are offering people around the world the opportunity to interact with local artisans in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Intrepid Travel is launching two pilot online shopping experiences to promote and empower small businesses and local artisans who otherwise would not have the resources to attract online shoppers.

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Many small businesses across the world have suffered during the global COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with travel being so heavily impacted, while large online corporations have gotten richer. The experiences are being offered in partnership with Bolsa Local, which supports professional guides and local artisans by providing personalized shopping experiences with live video. 

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Upcoming online experiences provide the opportunity for people from all over the world to interact with local Marrakesh artisans, and any purchased items will be shipped right to your door. The Marrakesh Spice and Wellness Experience takes place on December 8th, and focuses on Koutoubia Herbal, a small shop in the medina. Marrakech native Abdeljalil Raqas will introduce buyers to skin care products, perfumes, hamam and spa products produced locally in Argan, as well as aromatic herbs and spices.

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Shop in the medinas of Marrakesh without leaving your home. Photo: Florian Bernhardt / Unsplash

The next day, December 9th, there is a traditional Moroccan Berber rug experience where shoppers can shop at the Dar Mjber store. Their rugs are sourced from different tribes across Morocco and handcrafted by the women of the tribes, ensuring employment for women in rural communities. Local artisan Aziz Mejbar will tell shoppers the story behind the historic and memorable rug they are purchasing. 

Both tours visit AlNour, a social enterprise that offers craft skills training and childcare programs for disabled women to help them achieve sustainable livelihood. Ensuring that the money goes into the hands of the locals, all profits from purchases go directly to NGOs, local guides and artisans. Experiences both take place at 7am EST on the dates in question and cost approximately US$ 12 (€10).

 More information is available on the Intrepid Travel website on here.

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» Morocco: tips on how to plan a trip around the country
» Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the largest temple in Morocco
» Chefchaouen, the blue city in Morocco
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