In partnership with Pact's Mines to Markets program and innovation unit, Pact Ventures provided a forgivable grant investment to launch Moyo Gems, a market-based sustainable gemstone platform to empower female gemstone miners with training and selling opportunities to international buyers. By developing an end-to-end solution leveraging traceability technologies, Pact aims to create pricing transparency and incentives for safe artisanal small-scale mining practices. Following its initial startup capital, Pact Ventures is exploring revenue generation models for long term financial sustainability.
Moyo Gemstones is an ethical gemstone program currently being piloted with female artisanal gem miners in Tanzania’s Umba Valley. The effort is building the first scalable, artisanal and small-scale mined colored stone sourcing program, to assure responsibly produced, ASM-mined rubies, sapphires, garnets and tourmaline, from mine to market. The program empowers women miners to work safely, mine better, improve financial security and create stable, equitable markets for fair trade. In addition to Pact, the program’s partners include the Tanzanian Women Miners Association (TAWOMA), Nineteen48, ANZA Gems and blockchain provider Everledger. Nzuri Moyo means "beautiful spirit" in Swahili. Learn more at moyogems.com.
Kizazi Kipya: New Generation
The Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, is working to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by HIV. This five-year project builds on years of collaboration between Pact and USAID in Tanzania that already has made a significant, measurable difference for the country’s youth. Kizazi Kipya's planned outcomes include better financial resources for parents and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as improved access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach. The project is working across all regions of Tanzania. Partners include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, Railway Children Africa and the Ifakara Health Institute.
Empowering Artisanal Gemstone Miners in Tanzania
Through this program of Pact and Gemological Institute of America, artisanal and small-scale miners are gaining critical new knowledge about rough gems that is empowering them to earn more. The Pact-GIA program began in 2016 with the pilot of a rough gem guide produced by GIA. Made specifically to give basic gemological and market knowledge to artisanal miners in gem-producing regions, Selecting Gem Rough explains the fundamentals of identifying, processing and valuing stones. It comes with hands-on training from an expert gemologist. This helps miners better understand the quality and value of their products, which improves their position in the supply chain and their economic development opportunities.
Pact Ventures invested Series A equity in a company that designs and manufactures off-grid solar appliances and income-generating solutions for base of the pyramid customers. Its affordable, modular solar home systems, lifestyle and productive-use appliances improve health, environmental, and livelihood outcomes. Through this investment, Pact is leveraging its on-the-ground presence to provide communities with access to affordable, reliable energy.
Data Driven Advocacy
This project, led by Freedom House, is part of USAID’s Human Rights Support Mechanism. The project is working to improve and sustain the ability of Tanzanian civil society organizations to advocate for, and influence policy on, rights issues by using better data and information to drive results. The Data Driven Advocacy Activity provides technical assistance to local organizations in data collection and evidence-based advocacy. Pact is leading institutional capacity development for local organizations and networks.
Accelerating Stunting Reduction in Songwe Region
This four-year project targets Tanzania's Songwe region, where poor hygiene and child malnutrition are especially rampant. Pact is addressing root causes of stunting in infants and young children with a Social and Behavior Change Communication strategy focused on the individual, interpersonal and community levels. Community health workers are educating pregnant women and mothers of young children on topics including hygiene and sanitation, maternal nutrition and early childhood development. Pact is also sensitizing influential family members and local leaders on the importance of childhood nutrition to create an enabling environment.
This project is helping to build a sustained reduction in HIV infections in Tanzania. It is launching new services as well as strengthening existing programs for HIV testing, counseling and prevention and family planning. With partners including Jhpiego, EngenderHealth and the National Institute for Medical Research Mwanza, Pact is focusing on key and vulnerable populations, aiming to engage them in a core package of high-quality, client- and community-centered combination (biomedical, behavioral and structural) services. Sauti has launched nine community-based HIV testing and counseling teams in Dar Es Salaam, Iringa, Mbeya, Shinyanga and Njombe that have reached more than 10,000 people. The project is expanding to six additional regions this year.