Fayou Family

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Authentic Desert Living with a Berber Family. We offer you the experience of a life-time living with a family of Berbers in the breath-taking Moroccan Sahara. You’ll experience a camel trek in to the magnificent erg chebi dunes, and watch the shooting stars in the clear night sky. You won’t be watching desert life from a gas hungry 4x4, but will get out and live with the people, experience their life, make friends, and be part of the community.
Member since: 13 Jun 2007

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • All money goes straight to the family who are paid directly. The holiday is very fairly priced, reflecting the true local economy and permitting the family to improve their standard of living and quality of life.
  • Mohammed will pay neighbours to borrow their camels, which provides an essential source of income for the local community.
  • If visitors are planning a longer camel trek they will spend time with other Berber families who are paid a fair rate for your board.

    Environmental responsibility

  • Food is bought locally and the Bedda or one of the girls makes fresh bread and is happy to teach visitors. All (non-meat) scraps and vegetable peelings are fed to the family’s sheep, donkey and camels.
  • The family strongly encourage the drinking of boiled well water (provided free of charge) rather than bottled water.
  • Cooking is powered by natural gas. The electric lights are powered by a solar panel that has been fixed to the roof.

    Social responsibility

  • Visitors are asked to please respect the culture, traditions and home of the family by dressing appropriately.
  • Spending time with the family and exchanging words, is really rewarding and so much fun. Being able to speak a European language is so valuable for the children’s future as they become adults in this tourist dependent region.
  • Unwanted clothing is welcomed by the family and the children are clothed by donations from visiting guests. The practice is socially acceptable because of the important Islamic principle of 'sadaqua', or alms-giving.

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