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Rural Woman Cooperative of Fourzol
Region: 
Central Bekaa
Products: 
Goat Kechek, Grape Molasses, Baba Ghannouj, Hummus, Apricot Jam, Strawberry Jam, Fig Jam with Sesame, Grape Verjuis (Hamod Hosrom).

Located in the heart of the Bekaa, not far from the city of Zahle, the village of Fourzol is surrounded by all sorts of crops: fruits, vegetables, and especially vines... that bloom through the dry air of the great agricultural plain of Lebanon.

In 1997, thirteen women in the village decided to form a cooperative to contribute to their families’ needs and highlight their knowledge. They created the “Rural Woman Cooperative of Fourzol” to market local products made from traditional recipes. The goal is to use the agricultural surplus in the village and to professionalize the "mouneh" system, which is the process of making provisions for the winter. Fermented grape juice and apple juice, stuffed eggplants, humus, baba ghannouj are as much as other products now sold in European and Lebanese grocery stores.

Dynamic and enthusiastic, these women project themselves together into the future and take up new recipes by adding a pinch of modernity in the preparation of traditional local products. They are proud of their work, especially that men are only employed for handling work. They hope to expand their business and thus see their children take over and stay in the village so that this knowledge continues to be passed down from generation to generation.