The Sanaa

Changing Lives in Morocco and Africa: How the Sanaa Foundation is Empowering Women and Children

In honor of his mother Sanaa Zian, who died at the young age of 27 giving birth to her youngest son, Zakaria Kanbouzi is establishing The Sanaa Foundation.

The charitable organization will be dedicated to the strong, selfless women of Morocco & Africa who, like Sanaa, are dedicated to their families, culture and community. A portion of proceeds from the sales of Sanaa products will be given back to help these women improve their lives and obtain education for their children.

A legacy of learning

Born in Fez, Morocco, in 1969, Sanaa was born into a family that valued education. Her father was a teacher and her mother was a homemaker, and the importance of learning was instilled in Sanaa and her eight sisters from an early age.

At the time, it was very rare for Moroccan women to go to school, much less pursue degrees of higher learning, but Sanaa not only graduated from high school but received her degree in English Literature while pregnant with her oldest child.

This education, like her family, was something she was very proud of – which makes it all the more bittersweet that her last gift to the world was her youngest son who will continue her legacy of learning by pursuing his master’s degree.