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The development of market incentives and formalization of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru (BID-FOMIN)

 

The primary areas of the project are: Strengthening the local capacities for the formalization of ASM (Training of Trainers virtual learning program), strengthening incentives for formalization and sustainability in ASM (field work supporting mining organizations), access to formal global markets, and the management and dissemination of knowledge of ASM.

Supporting the incorporation of best environmental, economic and social practices and formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining organizations (ASMOs) in Colombia (Fondo Acción)

 

This project aims to promote responsible mining sector through strengthening the ASMO towards formalizing and sustainability and transfer of best practices to miners.

Supporting Fairmined certification in Colombia and Bolivia.

 

Through this project with Chopard, the Alliance for Responsible Mining and its local support organizations are working with miners in the municipality of La Llanada, Nariño to introduce more responsible practices in order to export directly under the Fairmined label. 

Reduce Child Labor in Mining in Colombia SOMOS TESORO.

 

While child labor in ASM is a global issue, ARM with  PACT, Fondo Acción, Fundación Mi Sangre are part of the consortium SOMOS TESORO project to address this contributing factor in eight mining-heavy municipalities in the Colombian departments of Antioquia and Boyacá. 

 

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The development of market incentives and formalization of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru (BID-FOMIN)

 

The primary areas of the project are: Strengthening the local capacities for the formalization of ASM (Training of Trainers virtual learning program), strengthening incentives for formalization and sustainability in ASM (field work supporting mining organizations), access to formal global markets, and the management and dissemination of knowledge of ASM.

Supporting Fairmined certification in Colombia and Bolivia.

 

Through this project with Chopard, the Alliance for Responsible Mining and its local support organizations are working with miners in the municipality of Irupana, la Paz to introduce more responsible practices in order to export directly under the Fairmined label.

The development of market incentives and formalization of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru (BID-FOMIN)

 

The primary areas of the project are: Strengthening the local capacities for the formalization of ASM (Training of Trainers virtual learning program), strengthening incentives for formalization and sustainability in ASM (field work supporting mining organizations), access to formal global markets, and the management and dissemination of knowledge of ASM.

Creating a fair mining supply chain and reducing mercury use in mining practices in West Africa (UNIDO)

 

The project wants to facilitate the creation of Fairmined certified gold supply chain in the three countries, in order to involve the sector in the process of formalization, adopting sustainable practices, in addition, to drastically reduce the environmental and sanitary impacts of mercury use.

 

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Creating a fair mining supply chain and reducing mercury use in mining practices in West Africa (UNIDO)

 

The project wants to facilitate the creation of Fairmined certified gold supply chain in the three countries, in order to involve the sector in the process of formalization, adopting sustainable practices, in addition, to drastically reduce the environmental and sanitary impacts of mercury use.

 

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Creating a fair mining supply chain and reducing mercury use in mining practices in West Africa (UNIDO)

 

The project wants to facilitate the creation of Fairmined certified gold supply chain in the three countries, in order to involve the sector in the process of formalization, adopting sustainable practices, in addition, to drastically reduce the environmental and sanitary impacts of mercury use.

Comunidad Aurífera Relave S.A AURELSA

 

Over the years, the miners and community members have transformed their challenging situation into a flourishing, 4,000-person town and an international exporter of ethical gold and silver. Fairmined certification has played a large role in their success, and they are now regional leaders in responsible artisanal mining. 

 

Miners: 114 men and 17 women.

Type of Mining: Hard Rock

Interesting fact: In 2014, AURELSA has become the first certified mining organization with the Fairmined standard v 2.0.

 

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Cooperativa Agrominera del Municipio de Iquira

 

Small-scale mining plays an important role in the local community. The 72 miners support approximately 450 people through their work. With increased income thanks to mining, the community has greater opportunities and an amplified long-term business vision

 

Miners: 84 men and 5 women.

Type of Mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: Located in Colombia’s famous coffee region, the miners alternate seasonally between artisanal gold mining and coffee cultivation.

 

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Sociedad de trabajadores mineros SOTRAMI SA

 

The natural conditions can be antagonistic in the region: strong winds and a lack of water and other resources make this area a challenging place to call home. With limited options, the community turned to artisanal mining (ASM), eventually becoming the most prosperous ASM community in the area.

 

Employees: 694 men and 1 women.

Type of Mining: Hard rock.

Interesting Fact: Since achieving certification in May 2011, SOTRAMI has made even greater strides as a community. They are the economic nexus of the community, either directly or indirectly supporting the more than 1500 families.

 

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XAMODX NGO

 

The XAMODX NGO was established in 2009 with 78 members from 9 partnerships with the goal to "protect rights of artisanal and small scale miners in line with legal framework". Now, there are 34 partnerships registered with the NGO, including around 300 members. It is thanks to the support of the Sustainable Artisanal Mining (SAM) Project of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation in Mongolia that XAMODX is now a certified Fairmined organization.

 

Miners: 300 miners
Type of Mining: Hard rock
Interesting Fact: Is the only certified mining organization that produces Fairmined Ecological Gold. This means, the mining activity is mercury and cyanide free.

 

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Los Andes

 

The town, located near the Ecuadorian border in verdant southwest Colombia, has been characterized by small-scale mining activity since the turn of the 20th century and its regional and national reputation is inextricably linked with artisanal gold extraction.

 

“The Fairmined certification is really important for us because it will allow us to formalize and improve our gold extraction” said one of the miners.

 

All the miners in Los Andes are part of a mining cooperative. 

 

Number of mining organizations: 6

Miners:  95 men and 10 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: The gold recovery processes are 90% chemical-free, with cyanide used in the remaining 10%. The use of mercury is prohibited in the central processing plant, as well.

 

La Llanada

 

It is based in the municipality of La Llanada located 2200 meters above sea level, in the Southwest of Colombia, in a mountain region straddling the Chocó Bio geographic region and the Colombian Amazon basin.

 

The majority of the economic activity in La Llanada is directly or indirectly linked to mining.

 

The mining entrepreneurs exploit hard rock mines, where extraction is performed through several levels of subterranean tunnels, built into the slopes of the mountains.

 

All the miners are part of a cooperative that was created in 1977.  

 

Number of mining organizations: 5

Miners: 43 men and 3 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Facts: The metal is recovered through gravity methods without using cyanide or mercury.

The region’s artisanal mining tradition was first introduced hundreds of years ago by the now-extinct Abades indigenous people.

 

Hatillo de Loba

 

The mine’s original owner fortuitously discovered a gold vein in the local mountainside in northern Colombia.

This lucky discovery has continued to develop into an organized, income-generating business over the years.

 

They are trying to improve the business practices, but the most important with the association will be the reduction of the mercury impact. Because the organization is located in one of the most contaminated zones by mercury.

 

Number of mining organizations: 1

Miners: 42 men and 8 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: The mine began operating more than 40 years ago after its original owner accidentally discovered a gold vein in a local mountain.   


 

Barranco de Loba

 

The local dependence on the land, as well as the area’s numerous water sources, make environmental responsibility especially important for the miners.  Among other skills, training will teach the miners how to properly handle mercury and dispose of waste.

The miners live in the northernmost part of the Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the world.

 

 “For us, it is a necessity to improve our mining practices—not just an option,” said a miner and a women of the association. “We have to change for the future of our children.”

 

Number of mining organizations2

Miners:  1402 men and 118 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: While small-scale mining is a principal income-generating activity for the town, the citizens also rely upon agriculture and fishing.

 

Vetas

 

During its more than 60 years of operation, the miners have been an integral part of the local community in northeast Colombia.

The miners are working towards Fairmined certification to achieve their business goals, but also to change the negative perception many have of artisanal mining.

 

“We are very motivated to be recognized as a socially and environmentally-responsible mine,” said one miner.

 

Number of mining organizations2

Miners: 64 men and 12 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: They want to continue on the path of improvement to protect their local environment, and in turn community members.

 

California

 

The highlands of northeast Colombia have supported artisanal gold mining for hundreds of years. The miners have contributed to this regional tradition for the past 40 years. As environmental awareness and concern for this water-rich area grows, the miners know their role to develop responsible techniques that protect their home’s rugged beauty and fresh water.

 

Number of mining organizations1

Miners: 11 men

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact:Approximately 10 families support themselves through Las Mercedes’ gold mining activities.

 

La paz Irupana

 

High in the sacred Illimani Mountain overlooking the sprawling metropolis of La Paz, Bolivia, the artisanal and small-scale mining organization is located in a breathtaking place characterized by high plateaus, glacial valleys and steep escarpments. Nights are cold and rainfall largely comes in the form of snow, but the miners persevere in spite of the difficult weather conditions.

 

Matching their impressive surroundings, the miners are an inspiring group. Formed largely of migrants coming from distant parts of Bolivia.

 

Number of mining organizations: 1

Miners: 302 men and 58 women

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: In addition to mining, the community also farms and raises cattle and sheep. Although this is primarily for self-consumption, excess produce and livestock provide a source of additional income.

 

Sorata

 

In the rural Bolivian highlands near sacred Lake Titicaca, means of survival are limited. The isolated location and rough terrain home to miners make mining the only available economic activity.  The miners work in difficult conditions--extreme altitude, humidity, and cold weather create and are thus prone to rheumatism and respiratory health problems, but demonstrate great resilience, persistence, and commitment to improving their Work and quality of life.

“We have to take responsibility for our work because being responsible advances our cooperative,” said one of the leaders. “If we aren’t responsible, we fail.”

 

Number of mining organizations: 3

Miners:  308 men and 32 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: The miners are of Aymara ethnic origin, speak both Spanish and Aymara and most profess the Catholic faith.

 

Centro Poblado Nueva Jerusalém

 

The artisanal miners of southern Peru work in challenging conditions. The arid region has scarce water resources and the company lacks the financial means to invest in improving its operations. In spite of the present difficulties, the miners are committed to pushing ahead to achieving Fairmined certification.

 

Number of mining organizations: 1

Miners: 98 men and 6 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: There are in average 4 member in every family, all direct and indirect population depends on the mining activities.

 

Centro Poblado de Mollehuaca

 

The small-scale mining organization is located in the southern Peruvian desert, has incredible potential. With its skilled miners, mining licenses, the processing plant, truck and path access to the mine, the organization has a solid foundation.

 

“We want to become an example of formalization, certification and fair commerce,” said the miner. 

 

Number of mining organizations1

Miners:  10 men and  2 women.

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: With ambitious goals and knowledgeable, skilled employees, the miners hope to become even more effective by improving its organizational structure and labor practices. 

 

Centro Poblado de la Españolita

 

The small scale gold mining organization is the primary livelihood provider for its town’s approximately 200 families. Located in the water-scarce southern Peruvian desert, the town’s secondary economic activities of business and transportation are limited in scope and growth. Fairmined certification provides the miners with an opportunity to improve the well-being of their families and community.

“As producers of fair gold, the certification will be a dream made reality,” said one of the miners.

 

Number of mining organizations: 1

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: Mining’s economic opportunities have caused the town’s population to explode from a few hundred people in 2008 to around 8,000.

 

Departamento de Bandafassi

 

Since the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) operations began in 2008, much change has come to this rural town in southeast Senegal. Set along the Gambia River in a region surrounded by wooded hills, the area’s gold reserves are a huge draw. The prospect of better economic opportunities has attracted thousands of people to the town in the past few years.

The population has exploded from a few hundred to around 8,000 people. The region has long been primarily populated by the Malinké ethnic group, with a high proportion of the Peul people. However, there is an ever-increasing number of people coming from fellow West African countries. 

 

Number of mining organizations: 1 

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: Mining’s economic opportunities have caused the town’s population to explode from a few hundred people in 2008 to around 8,000.

 

 

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Departamento de Saraya

 

The artisanal and small-scale mining organization perseveres in the water-scarce region characterized by dry forests, valleys, and rolling hills. They conduct two types of mining: hard rock mining and alluvial mining, which involves digging and sifting through mud, gravel and sand to find gold.

The hard rock miners work together in groups of 12-25 people. They dig deep wells which can take several months to construct and extract gold using picks, shovels and explosives. After passing the mineral through various technical processes, the miners must later use mercury to separate the gold from its ore.

Women play a key role in the organization, completing most of the alluvial mining work.

 

Number of mining organizations: 1

Type of mining: Hard rock and alluvial.

Interesting Fact: Women carry out most of the work in the mercury-free alluvial (sedimentary) gold extraction.

 

 

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Departamento de Houndé

 

Agriculture has long sustained the region of southwest Burkina Faso home to the miners.

 Corn and cotton plantations surround the mine site, and farmers make daily rounds looking after their cattle and sheep. Forested mountains frame the horizon, and the flat land is colored by red laterite soil. Artisanal gold mining came to the area by accident; farmers discovered gold while digging a well in search of water.

 

The miners use mercury to separate the gold from its ore. By pursuing Fairmined certification, the miners will learn to properly handle the toxic chemical to avoid contamination. 

 

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Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: Currently the community is experiencing new developments. In addition to agriculture and mining, hunting tourism and a welding and car battery cooperative provide income for the community.

 

 

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Departamento de Kaya

 

Artisanal gold mining is providing more economic options for the local community. It is a stable activity, but some seasons are busier than others.

The miners are working towards to do responsible practices, receiving training from local support organizations to learn responsible social and environmental mining techniques.

 

Number of mining organizations: 1

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: Many of the miners, like most people in the region, practice the Soufi tradition of Islam.

 

 

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S&P Trading - FairSources

 

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FairSources

 

 

 

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Inter-American Development Bank

 

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PACT, INC

 

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Fondo Acción

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IMO swiss AG

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Centro de la Industria, la Empresa y los Servicios del Sena Regional Huila


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Funcopromas


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Universidad de Nariño


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Fundación AVINA


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La Cooperativa de pequeños mineros de los Andes LTDA –COOMILAN

 

CETEM/FUNCATE


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Fundación Internacional para la promoción del Desarrollo Sostenible “Futuro Latinoamericana” (FFLA)


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Alex Jay Jewellery

Luxury with a Canadian conscience.

 

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Fair Trade Jewellery

Designers, manufacturers and retailers of Fairmined jewellery using certified Canadian & Argyle Pink Diamonds

 

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Fluid Jewellery

 

 

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Allison Ullmer

 

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Ana Khouri

 

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Dawes Design

 

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Bario Neal

Bario Neal is handcrafted in Philadelphia using recycled metals, Fairmined gold, ethically-sourced stones, and eco-conscious practices. 

 

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Hume Atelier

 

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Brilliant Earth

Brilliant Earth is the global leader in ethically sourced fine jewelry.

 

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East Fourth Street Jewelry

East Fourth Street's jewelry designed by Susan Crow is made from Fairmined or recycled gold & silver with ethically sourced gemstones in a low impact, environmentally conscious studio.

 

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Ed Lay

Erin Shay

 

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Kara Daniel Jewelry

kara | daniel creates modern & ethical adornment a piece at a time in their Kalamazoo, MI studio using responsibly sourced metals and gemstones.

 

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Jan Mandel

 

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Jenn Dewey Designs

 

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Maria Irene Weinz

Proud to be a responsible design source.

 

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McTeigue & McClelland

 

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Merzatta

 

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Susan Wheeler

 

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Rx Rox jewelry

Custom designs in Fairmined 14,18 and 22K with stone and ethical gems.

 

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Sarah McGuire Studio

 

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Schilling Studio

 

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Shaya Durbin

 

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Susan Drews Watkins

 

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Taber studios

 

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Toby Pomeroy

"We are passionate about designing and creating distinctive wedding and engagement rings using socially and environmentally responsible Fairmined gold and platinum."

 

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Vipaka Jewelry

 

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VK Designs

 

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Sagrento

 

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Adoro Mi Oro

 

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Amalena

 

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Anna Moltke-Huitfeldt

"Fairmined raw materials tell a compelling story, that I want to share with the world." Anna Moltke-Huitfeldt

 

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Arabesques et Runes

 

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Chopard

Le Petit-Fils de L.U. Chopard & Cie S.A.

Swiss watch and jewellery manufacturer & retailer

 

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Emilie Bliguet

Gioielleria Belloni

 

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Gundula Papesch

 

 

JEM

 

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Kashka

 

Kering

 

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Lia Terni

Designing sustainable luxury for a better future.

 

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Majoral

Mediterranean Inspired Jewelry

 

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Nanini

Stylish, modern, geometric and 100% handmade jewelry design from Amsterdam.

 

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Nenuphar Bijoux

 

Ole Mathiesen

 

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Paulette a Bicyclette

 

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September Rose

 

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Zeitwinkel

 

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Earthrise

 

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Hasuna

 

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R-Jewels

 

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Saught

 

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Strengthening Gender Equality in Mining Organizations and Communities
in Colombia (Fundación Ayuda)

 


The project is focused in the development and implementation of a strategy that achieves the recognition of the role of women in ASM and increase the inclusion of women´s miners in ASM activities.

Cámara de Comercio de Pasto

 
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Jewelry By Blanca

 

Liv and Lov

 

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Chandally Jewelry

 

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Tenzabelle

 

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April Doubleday

 

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Cox + Power

 

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Unión suiza

 

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Here you can see where we work, with whom we work and where to find Fairmined certified mining organizations, Licensees and Operators.

To explore the map, you can navigate going directly to the highlighted regions or through the side menu on the left.

The color of the points on the map represents the category of the same color. 

 

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FOMIN

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Vipa design

 

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Green Lake Jewelry Works

 

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As Above So Below

 

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CAM

 

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Kachari & Kael

 

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Glasses

 

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Anabel Campbell

 

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Amanda Li Hope

 

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Nöen

 

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Flore & Zéphyr

 

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Hattie Rickards

 

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PX Precinox

 

 

 

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Alloy

 

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Argen

 

 

 

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Liberty

 

 

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Cooperativa Minera Aurífera 15 de Agosto

 

Matching their impressive surroundings, the 15 de Agosto miners are an inspiring group who has done much for the community.  In addition to providing local employment, the co-operative invests up to 15% of their profits in community projects. They entirely funded the construction of the local elementary school that is free of charge and offers basic computer training, and they provided housing for teachers. The cooperative also organizes social events and celebrations, such as holiday festivals and soccer tournaments.

 

Number of cooperative members: 38 women and 151 men

Miners: 4 women and 143 men

Type of mining: Hard rock

Interesting Fact: In addition to mining, the community also farms and raises cattle and sheep. Although this is primarily for self-consumption, excess produce and livestock provide a source of additional income.

 

Serendipity Diamonds

 

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Edward Fleming

 

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Jacob Mercari

 

 

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Min Elske

 

“As I have been developing my designs and thinking about how I want to position myself in the fine jewelry market as a small studio, I really wanted to make sure that I was engaging in the industry in a way that made sense to my own ethics. To me, this is what Fairmined is all about - going beyond simple recycle of the mining industry to actually looking at how we mine in the first place and doing so in sustaining (both environmentally and socially/economically) ways.”

 

 

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Linhardt Design Studio

 

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Emily Chelsea Jewelry

 

 

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Martalia

 

 

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April by MG . Paris  

 

 

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Lovenut London

 

 

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Good as gold jewellers

 

 

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Mint of Norway

 

 

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