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Artisanal miners or so-called small miners are to benefit under a funding agreement from the Finnish government. Last week the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Finland, Ms. Anne Saloranta officiated at the signing of a funding agreement with the Erongo Region Small Scale Miners Project.
Erongo Region Small Scale Miners Project (ERSMA) was granted a total amount of Euro 80,000 for a one-year project which aims at building the capacity of ERSMA to provide support and assistance to the small scale mining community, thus improving the living standards of more than 1600 people. These are the small miners themselves as well as their dependent families. With informal small scale mining, it is common practice that the whole family helps with the mining effort.
The money will help to improve value addition through cutting and polishing services and by enhancing trade possibilities nationally and internationally. The Finnish funded project also seeks to raise awareness of issues in the small mining sector, including HIV/Aids and TB.
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