The Main Problems

The Five most problematic areas to overcome are as follows: 

  • The biggest challenge with Artisanal and small-scale mining is perception because of its traditional association with criminal activities.

  • Whole syndicates often operate in villages and regions, taking advantage of workers, mine owners and Investors.

  • Syndicates often use the proceeds to fund other syndicated criminal activity (gun smuggling, human trafficking and/or drugs).

  • Owners and Operators get a pitiful share of the overall profits whilst middle men and buyers take the lion’s share.

  • Environmental damage - due to lack of resources, equipment and training.

.... It is a Problem Worth Solving....

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