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Rwandan miners

Event to explore world of promise for mining communities

October 6, 2015
Artisanal and small-scale mining may be one of the most difficult occupations, with its back-breaking work and often rudimentary tools. Despite the inherent challenges, more than 100 million people...

For a family in Madagascar, Pact scholarships make all the difference

September 30, 2015
In Manambaro, a remote, rural community near the southern tip of Madagascar, less than 1 percent of the population has had education past high school. Nearly three-quarters of people can’t read or...

Faces and voices of Colombia’s artisanal miners

August 4, 2015
They are men and women. They are old and young. One crushed stones to feed her family. One grew up watching miners sift for bits of gold almost too small to see, and now she advocates on behalf of...

Pact, partners reach critical milestone in mineral traceability in Africa

July 16, 2015
While work remains, Pact and its partners have made significant progress implementing a traceability and due diligence system in the Great Lakes region of Africa to assure minerals as conflict-free,...

Report sheds new light on conflict-free mining in Africa's Great Lakes

July 14, 2015
Today, Pact released a report detailing the state of conflict-free minerals in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The report provides an in-depth look at traceability and due...

Not an easy job, but a better one

June 1, 2015
Five days a week at 7 a.m., Jean-Marie arrives at a mining site known as Rwamirambo I, located in Giteranyi village, in the province of Muyinga, Burundi. With a pickaxe and torch, he extracts...
Ngisti, an Ethiopian miner

With new skills, a young mother in Ethiopia hopes for a brighter future

April 28, 2015
Nigisti Niguse dreams of a day when she’ll be able to earn a living closer to home and her daughter, rather than at a mountain-top gold mine. With Pact’s help, her options for supporting her family...

A brighter future in Walikale

April 22, 2015
After five years of hard work and patience, artisanal miners are on the job in Walikale – free from fear and violence, with access to legal markets for the tin, tantalum and tungsten that go into our...

Pact brings solar energy to rural Myanmar communities

March 23, 2015
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is partnering with Pact to bring electricity in the form of solar power to approximately 3,500 people in villages in rural areas of Mandalay,...
Mining in Rwanda

Breaking mining myths in Rwanda

December 4, 2014
In countries around the world, the extraction of minerals plays a vital role in supporting local communities and individuals. Mineral resources are finite and non-renewable, but mining can be...

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