My name is Mwiya and am 51 years old. I was born at Kalenge village in Sioma District of Western Province in Zambia. My village is near Shangombo town at the border of Angola and Zambia.

First, I wish to support the community around me or better still the rural communities in Zambia especially the children; for the future of this world lies in the hands of the young and helpless kids regardless of their backgrounds. In Virtu Gem, I see an opportunity where part of my earnings would go towards the support of the needy kids and women. It is such a remarkable program such that if it were applied globally where a mine existed, I am sure that the surrounding communities would have been lifted out of poverty and greatly improved their well-being and also help in combating the effects of climate change.

I would like to develop a long-term relationship with Virtu Gem in sourcing buyers for our gemstones. I see such a relationship as a win-win arrangement as it answers my core passions in my life today towards making positive contributions to the communities. To me, it is like killing two birds with one stone in that; on one hand while making earnings and in another, ploughing back to the community where the gemstones came from! Virtu Gem is an appropriate program where all stakeholders benefit through a win-win sharing of earnings from production of gemstones!

I fell in love with gemstones in 1983 the first time I went to visit my elder brother at Kalulushi town where he started working as a Geologist for Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd. He had a fine collection of so many rough coloured gemstones. With curiosity, I asked him a lot of questions about gemstones; their geological formation, value, extra-extra which he explained so well such that in 1995, I started buying and selling emeralds from Lufwanyama area. In 1999, I took a parcel of a variety of gemstones (emeralds, citrine, amethyst, tourmaline, aquamarine and garnets) to Japan when I went there for post-graduate studies in Computer Science at Kyoto School of Computer Science. In 2001 upon returning from Germany, I founded Juwelen Gemstones Ltd and we were mining emeralds in Lufwanyama District at the world-renowned emerald belt at the Copperbelt Province in Zambia. Due to lack of mining equipment, it became a very expensive venture and therefore I sold it.

Between 2002 and 2018, I was offering consultancy services in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field to the United Nations and many other International and private organizations.

In 2016, I came back to the gemstone business and founded Purple Pegmine Ltd which has mining rights in Mapatizya for Amethyst, Nyimba area for Aquamarine and Quartz and also Serenje Area for Tourmaline and Quartz. I founded another company called Green Orange Mining Ltd primarily for Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Garnets and Quartz in Nyimba area of Eastern Province. We have been doing explorations and environmental project briefs reports for our intended mining activities.

We are looking for international markets for our products which are mainly Amethyst, Tourmaline, Aquamarine and Quartz. We would be pleased to collaborate with Virtu Gem.

I have a passion to give back to the community. I have a passion for mining. I love being in the bush for it is quiet and simple love for the environment. For that reason, our mining mechanism is environmentally friendly, and we do not cut down trees and if we do, then we must plant 5 or more to replace just that one we uprooted. At our mines, we work with the local communities; women are most encouraged to work with us.

My hobbies are physical civil works, jogging and body-building exercises. I love to physically take part in the mining and exploration; doing the actual physical manual works. I see my work force getting more motivated and work tend to be done quickly when I am with them in the pits. Production tend to improve significantly. I do jog at times 20km non-stop and compete favourably with teenagers. In the gym, they call me “Papa” meaning father and compete well with the boys.