Malawi: Small-Scale Miners Think Big

[IRIN]Mzimba -Near the northern Malawian town of Mzimba there is a vast crater hewn by hand with rudimentary tools, where miners earn US$1.50 a day “cropping” rose quartz from dawn until dusk. They live for months at a time in makeshift camps built from branches and plastic sheeting, where water is drawn from the bottom of the open caste pit and there is no sanitation. Yet this mine is seen as an example of the kind of venture that can help reduce Malawi’s high poverty rates.

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