New Dawn For Artisanal Miners As Gemology Center Set To Open In February

At 58, Janelize Mshai, is feeling her age. She is growing old. Her hair is greying at the edges. Crowfeet develops at the corners of her eyes. Even her body senses the change. She gets fatigued quicker than she did in the past. Even her once resilient muscles no longer swing a mallet as gracefully as they used to.

“We have grown old but then having been in this sector for close to 19 years, what do you expect?” she poses.

From chipping away at the bases of towering rocky cliffs to encountering herds of rampaging elephants from Tsavo National Park, the gemstones fields of Kasighau are treacherous places to venture in. With the ever-present threat from scorpions, poisonous snakes and torrid hours spent in claustrophobic underground tunnels hunting for gemstones, the enormous odds stacked against bedraggled artisanal miners becomes clear.

Despite such monumental challenges, hope burns bright in the hearts of many bedraggled artisanal miners scattered across several mining zones across Taita-Taveta County.

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