Mercury Retort Training In Kakamega

On an annual basis, 37% (1600 tonnes) of global mercury emissions are linked to ASGM, causing harm to miners and the wider environment. Mercury is mixed with crushed ore, which attracts gold particles to form a hard amalgam. This is then burned, releasing mercury vapour into the atmosphere and leaving gold for sale. Earlier this […]

Blueprint to fabricate your own mercury retort

The most common way of separating gold amalgam from mercury is through burning or roasting to free excess mercury. The question, however, is how can miners manage this practice best? Due to the danger that mercury vapour poses to human bodies, it is vital that miners handle the element carefully. Artisanal and small-scale gold miners […]

Busia gold ore processing competition

Months of preparation and why this was necessary Many times, we hear about the comparison between two systems through mere theoretical estimations by product manufacturers, but how often do we check the realities? A practical comparison of sophisticated gold mining processing equipment was put to test against the conventional gold processing method that Busia’s Tiira […]

Fairphone and RVO visit our mercury-free processing centre in Busia, Uganda

In early November 2019, the Impact Facility had an opportunity to demonstrate one of the processing plants already installed to a visiting team from Fairphone and Netherlands Development Agency (RVO). I met with the mine leaders on the eve of the whole team visit and was able to discuss their equipment needs and the current […]

Kenyan miners take time to learn from gold mines in Geita, Tanzania

Miners during the field visit to Geita

It has been a week of great adventures for miners from Migori and Kakamega county gold mines. Four organisations – Fairtrade Africa, Solidaridad, GROOTS Kenya and the Impact Facility – all came together to meet miners from these two counties who came to learn more about better practices in gold mining. The trip came at […]