Spotlight on Mercury

Mercury (Hg) is a potent yet toxic element that allows people around the world to extract and concentrate gold during what is called the amalgamation process. Use of Mercury by artisanal and small-scale gold miners accounts for 37% of global mercury emissions (IUCN, 2020), exposing workers to toxic fumes with often detrimental health impacts. Around the […]

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 […]

New Webinar Series Untangles Fact from Fiction on ASM Gold Mining

Following the cancellation of OECD’s Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains scheduled to take place in Paris this April, Solidaridad and The Impact Facility are pleased to offer an alternative opportunity to bring together professionals from all along the gold supply chain. The two organizations have joined forces to present a series of free webinars, […]

Taking joint action towards fair cobalt

Cobalt is a critical resource for many industries and is seen, by many, as crucial for a transition to a green economy. More than 50% of the world’s cobalt are held in the Copper Belt of the DR Congo, a country still struggling with poverty and malnutrition despite its mineral wealth. Reports about systemic child […]

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 […]