Chikomeni

Chikomeni is a GIA graduate and expert in ASM supply chains.

Experienced individual with a demonstrated background of working in Artisanal and Small Scale Mining sector in Malawi.

Chiko is a gemstone miner, dealer, ASM advocate and trainer. He has been involved in artisanal and small scale mining for 10 years.

His passion is in ASM advocacy and capacity building, hence he has collaborated with several local and international organizations on different ASM initiatives. Chiko works with artisanal miners across Malawi especially women. So far, he has trained many miners in basic gemology, lapidary and other ASM related topics pro bono, with the aim of empowering them with relevant knowledge and skills. He has also helped to formalize many miners as one way of promoting responsible sourcing.

Chiko is the Managing Partner of Perekezi ASM Consultants & Events, a member of Mzimba Gemstone Mining Cooperative and a founding board Secretary of the ASM Training Center. Supporting and working with vulnerable artisanal miners in the rural areas, is his greatest achievement.

Currently, Chiko is among our country coordinators in Malawi and sells women mined rhodolite.