Moyo Gems is an ethical gemstone collaboration born in East Africa. We are working with female artisanal gem miners in Tanzania and Kenya to assure rubies, sapphires, tourmaline, garnets, citrines, and amethysts, from mine to market. We work to empower women miners to work safely, mine better, improve financial security, and create stable, equitable markets for fair trade.
Pact, the international development nonprofit with programs in nearly 40 countries, is co-founder of Moyo Gems. It works in seamless collaboration with with East African exporters and the responsible international trading companies ANZA Gems, Nineteen48, and Maison Piat to buy, export, and market fully traced gemstones to jewelry makers and manufacturers worldwide, and on to responsibly-mined consumers.
Moyo Gems is centered on artisanal and small-scale miners, the hidden workforce behind global products. They are easily to malign and they are almost always completely unknown to the consumer. Moyo Gems aims to change that by offering radical traceability, backed by blockchain, that connects the consumer to the dynamic communities of East Africa.
Moyo Gems is co-designed by miners and therefore there are unique benefits:
Governments typically love Moyo Gems too. Miners are required to be locally licensed, all royalties are paid at the point of sale and at export, and Moyo Gems helps with formalization of miners. Ultimately, Moyo Gems captures maximum possible value for miners and their communities.
Why do we emphasize women miners? It was the women miners of Tanzania that first captured the world's attention and were the force to create Moyo Gems. Pact and its partners want to maintain that focus to honor our roots. Women miners are 60% of program participants at minimum, and men are allowed to participate under the rules set by the local Moyo Gems program. Women typically face enormous obstacles in every day life, and enormous discrimination in mining, which is another reason their needs are elevated within Moyo.
Program website - https://moyogems.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/moyogems/
Voi, Kenya -- Moyo Gems announces a pilot expansion to Kenya
Read the press release here.
Tanga, Tanzania -- Moyo Gems launches in Tanzania.
These are the common questions that we receive. If you have others, please use the 'contact us' form to get in touch.
Check out this list of recent stories about Moyo Gems:
This is a 1-hour video of a webinar we ran on Tuesday 9th June 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRLQkpp1jEU
A webinar with National Jeweler discussing what we have achieved in the first 2 years - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgxTof59VMQ
Below are some of the press articles and other blog posts that have been written about the project.
Also, check out these cool videos from Pact: