Is 25 years old and she is mother to Karol, who smiles just as much as she does, and daughter to a woman with a calm, nostalgic gaze. Yurani works in artisanal mining “panning for gold on the shores of the lake or along the river”. This is what she lives with, together with coffee cultivation, two trades she started learning at 13.
Marieta Orduz Chaparro, 53, is a traditional potter, with a big smile and always willing to help her community. She has been involved in pottery all her life: “this is an activity that we have inherited”. She sais that “we live with sand, with dirt, but happy”.
Rolberto Alvarez is a miner since he was a child and the current legal representative of the Asociación Agrominera de los Andes Fortaleza. He is part of a group of displaced people who decided to do responsible artisanal mining in Colombia.
Danilo Lopez – owner of a coal mining in Boyaca
Read the history of Danilo López, who has been mining for 34 years and is the current owner of the El Cristal coal mine in Boyacá. Daniel emphasized how much the project has helped in improving their security. He has received recurring assistance in the form of training, evaluations, and specialized advice on improving conditions in his mine, in addition to one-time support with setting up a Workplace Health and Safety Management System.
The women miners at Puerto Jobo
Women gold panners of Puerto Jobo (Zaragoza, Colombia) explain us how mining has changed within their villages throughout the years. Today, gold extraction and sales has become difficult for them which directly impacts their family incomes. For this reason, they are looking for alternative activities like pisciculture to be able to sustain their families.
Senides Lucumi, mineral selector
Meet Senides, and hear her story of what it’s like to work every day picking through the piles discarded outside the mines in hopes of finding an overlooked piece of gold. As the president of a women’s mining association, she also tells us about the challenges they face on a daily basis, such as the gender inequality and physical difficulty of their work, and reflects on the current situation and what the future holds for artisanal mining in her area (Suárez, Colombia).
Pablo Gabriel Ortega
El Tigre resistance. This is the story of El Tigre village (El Bagre, Antioquia) and how their habitants make a living of gold and beans.
Alonso Marín, 38, is the Production Manager of Sociedad Minera Las Aves S.A. in Segovia, Antioquia, Colombia. To him, the health and integrity of people prevails above all. He also has to fulfill the daily production goals of his mining organization.
Jose Ignacio Pérez
Video interview of the founder and miner of the Cooperativa Agrominera of Íquira, Huila, Colombia.
Daniel Humberto Rodríguez
Daniel started working in mining when he was 10 years old. Now he is 34 and he has a long work and life experience that has given him many learnings. Daniel explains us his story, he reflects on what it meant for him to have to work as a child and on the conditions of mining in his municipality (Tópaga, Boyacá, Colombia).
Doris is a member of the Cooperativa Coodmilla LTDA, mining cooperative at La Llanada (Nariño, Colombia) and has a seat in its board of directors. “People believe that this is an activity that can only be performed by men, but women can do it too.”
Rubiel Benavides has been a miner for 13 years. At first he worked Informally, but now, thanks to the efforts of his community, those of his coworkers and his own, formal mining has become possible for some, so that they can work towards responsible mining and, in the long run, achieve just mining.
Sandra y Libia
These two women, with their bare hands, have developed one of humanity’s oldest jobs – pottery. The two grew up surrounded by clay and mud.
Every day of work is very different since it depends on what work needs to be done and which step of brick construction you are in.
56 year old Mercedes has dedicated her life to cultivating coffee and mining. Today she is a member of the Iquira Agrominera Multiactive Cooperative (certified with the Fairmined Standard since 2014) and has witnessed the positive impacts that small-scale mining has brought to the families in the Iquira municipality in the department of Huila, Colombia.
José Marvin Regalado
Marvin, 37, has always been known to be a proactive, hard-working person. Marvin, from the La Playa community, Honduras, has worked in different lines of work in his lifetime. Now he is workin in Minas y Cuevas S.A. as a miner – a small-scale mining company.
Darwin Sevilla is an example of one child who learned about mining from his parents. Now, at the age of 34, he proudly and diligently continues the mining practice in the community of Sula, Santa Bárbara.
He started working in artisanal mining when he was 14 years old, before Minas y Cuevas was as organized as it is now. For him responsible mining is “using the safety equipment, taking care of the environment and of ourselves …”
Bruno Mara Flórez
Bruno, 50, is a husband, father of four children and the legal representative of the small-scale mining CENCOMIN. He is a man with a great smile and a hard worker.
Raúl Flores Mara
Raúl Flores Mara has managed to combine his passion for mining with his enjoyment of ranching, two activities that drive the local economy of Limata, the rural community where he lives in the district of Ananea, in southern Peru.
Teodora Palli Mamani
Teodora and her husband struggled to make a living for many years in the province of Azángaro, Peru, but due to bad weather conditions and a lack of sufficient income being generated from the harvest, they decided to migrate to La Rinconada in search of a golden dream.
When she lost her job at a timber company, Bayarmaa became a ninja, as the informal artisanal miners in Mongolia are called, because they carry green containers on their backs similar to the shells from the characters in the Ninja Turtles series.
David Quispe, current president of the Yani cooperative, relate his history as artisanal miner and tell us about successes and positive changes that occurred in the mining cooperative on the path to the Fairmined certification.