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 […]

The real impact of mercury-reducing technology in small-scale gold mining

Sept 10  2min read Evidence of the very real difference that the Impact Facility is making in mining communities across the world comes from Cyrus Maina, our regional manager in East Africa in charge of equipment installations and mine engagement.  Cyrus has just returned from Geita in Tanzania where he helped a local gold mine […]

ESG Handbook in action

The group of miners and mine leaders for whom the training was provided in Tanzania

Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) offers livelihoods to many thousands of families and communities in the Lake Victoria region. However, the challenges of the work are hard to over-estimate. As detailed in previous blog posts, The Impact Facility has been working with partners and local communities to create a set of guidelines for improving […]

The Impact Escalator 2.0

Our ASM Management Handbook is now online Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to present our Kenyan implementing partners with our completely overhauled ESG Management Handbook providing a step-by-step assessment and implementation guidance of what we refer to as The Impact Escalator. Aligned with all relevant ASM sustainability standards, The Impact Escalator builds on […]

Offering an alternative to full-ore mercury amalgamation

the impact facility preparing for installation

Only a few kilometres from the border of Kenya, after a few bumpy roads and with fertile agricultural land wherever you turn, is the remote and scattered village of Tiira in the Busia District of eastern Uganda. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining represents a crucial livelihood for the local population and is an activity deeply […]

Uganda ASM Gold Value Chain Case Study

example of a water pumping system impact facility

The Impact Facility invests in mining communities throughout Africa, Asia and South America with the goal of creating strong and resilient SMEs and offering sustainable livelihoods for the communities living in resource-rich areas – turning mineral wealth into local prosperity. All ASMOs that are part of the Impact Facility’s ‘Impact Escalator’ program commit to continuous […]