In 2002, I was introduced into the mining sector by a friend who employed me as a supervisor in his Tsavorite mine. I did not know much about gemstones. My role was to manage the miners day-to-day. Through this interaction, I learnt a lot about gemstones and begun developing a keen interest. In 2012, I finally got a mine and started mining on my own. There are many gemstones in Taita Taveta but my favourite is Tsavorite.
There are many challenges in this venture including lack of adequate capital, difficulty in accessing water and food and conflict with wild animals such as venomous snakes and elephants. We have learnt to co-exist and we continue to hope for a better future.
I am 56-years-old and I have 7 children. Gemstones have enabled me to educate all my children. Most of then are now adults and leading their own lives. I am very excited at the opportunity to sell my gemstones directly to you. I am very hopeful.
Currently, I am the Secretary of Mwatate Small Scale Miners. We are a group of 28 miners based in Mwatate. We look forward to improving our livelihoods through this new venture.