The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has worked with Pact, a non-profit international development organization based in Washington, to prepare a booklet, Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners, to offer basic gemmological and market knowledge to artisanal miners in gem-producing regions.
Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal, small-scale gold mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified under a Fairtrade Foundation pilot project. This certification brings hope to individuals risking their lives to mine gold from around Lake Victoria in East Africa.
Children in a mobile schooling program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will be better prepared to enter high school, thanks to Brilliant Earth’s grant to Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).
The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is taking its message of ensuring access to fair trade for small-scale and artisanal miners to a global forum dedicated to improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.