At the heart of the program is the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA). Supporting them is Pact, ANZA Gems, Nineteen48, Everledger, and you, international consumers seeking to change the world with us. Working together, each partner covers a specific part of the supply chain. Pact and TAWOMA manage in-country operations, whilst Everledger organizes digital traceability capabilities, and trading companies ANZA Gems and Nineteen48 work with our exporter to provide wholesale gems to leading designers and jewelers.
To find out where to buy finished jewelry featuring Moyo Gems, please see our list of designer & jeweler partners. Moyo Gems are now available at retail locations in the USA, UK, and Europe, and worldwide via these partners' online presence.
Salma Kundi and Eunice Negele (TAWOMA), with program manager Rebecca Villalobos (Pact). March 2019
Stuart is a specialist in responsibly mined and fully traceable colored gemstones, mainly sourced directly from mines in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He runs gem trading company Nineteen48 and is a co-founder of Fair Luxury, a group focused on positive change in the jewellery industry. Stuart works closely with local mine owners to provide a
Stuart is a specialist in responsibly mined and fully traceable colored gemstones, mainly sourced directly from mines in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He runs gem trading company Nineteen48 and is a co-founder of Fair Luxury, a group focused on positive change in the jewellery industry. Stuart works closely with local mine owners to provide a mine-to-market service, from extracting the rough gem material and the cutting and polishing of gemstones, right up to the sale of gems to the end customer, both wholesale and retail. The emphasis throughout the supply chain is on maximum transparency and fair benefits to everyone involved. More at www.nineteen48.com
Monica Stephenson, a writer, jewelry expert, and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the jewelry industry, chronicles stories of artisan jewelry designers on the award-winning jewelry blog, idazzle.com. In 2015 she launched ANZA Gems, which fuels development in Kenya and Tanzania through fair trade gem purchasing and supporting
Monica Stephenson, a writer, jewelry expert, and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the jewelry industry, chronicles stories of artisan jewelry designers on the award-winning jewelry blog, idazzle.com. In 2015 she launched ANZA Gems, which fuels development in Kenya and Tanzania through fair trade gem purchasing and supporting education in gemstone communities. She is on the national board of the Women’s Jewelry Association and Ethical Metalsmiths, and is a frequent speaker about social media and responsible sourcing. Follow her global adventures as an “accidental gem dealer” on social media at @idazzle, @anzagems, and www.anzagems.com
Emmanuel Piat is the Director of Maison Piat, a family business and luxury gem house based in Paris.
Maison Piat specializes in the search for outstanding natural gemstones,
Ms. Kundi is a green tourmaline miner and Secretary General of the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA). She has been involved improving conditions and opportunities for women miners for ten years. She has presented on Moyo Gems at the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference (2018, 2019), and at the Kenya Gem & Jewellery Exhibition (2019).
Ms. Negele is a small-scale miner and is immediate-past president of the Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA). She has been active in mining and with TAWOMA since the year 2000. She mines feldspar, gold, and amethyst. Affectionately known as Mama Eunice, she has represented Tanzanian women miners around the world in Ghana, Kenya, the USA, and Zambia.
Norbert Massay is our man in the field and longtime program manager at Pact Tanzania. He serves as the GIA Partnership Manager for Tanzania whilst also leading UNICEF partnership activities. Before joining Pact in 2012, Massay worked for a Pact-Tanzania partner organization for four years focused on health projects. Massay has BS in Environmental Management and MA in Community Development from Sokoine University of Agriculture, an MBA from the University of Dar es Salaam, and has taken coursework from Edumine. He speaks fluent English and Kiswahili.
Director, Mines to Markets (M2M), Pact
Cristina is the longtime director of the M2M program at Pact and she is a co-founder of Moyo Gems. She is a recognized global expert in ASM, has nearly 20 years of experience in the international development sector, and is a popular speaker on responsible mining and jewelry themes. She is an advisory council member of the Gemstone Knowledge Hub and Ethical Metalsmiths, among others, and is on the board of the Jewelry Industry Summit. Cristina is a graduate of UC San Diego, the London School of Economics, and lectures at the Columbia University’s massive open online course (MOOC) and Executive Courses focused on extractives. Prior to joining Pact in 2014, she focused on diamonds and gold at specialist consulting firms in the US & UK, worked with WWF, the Fund for Global Human Rights, and the World Bank. Originally from Northern California, she has lived and worked for extended periods in London, UK, Kampala, Uganda, and Washington, DC. She is on Instagram at cristina.rocks and pact.rocks
Deputy Regional Director, Africa
Marianna is a Tanzanian health leader with 20 years of experience in health, governance, stakeholder engagement and advocacy, strategic management, and public-private partnership management. Prior to Pact, Marianna was Tanzania country director at Palladium, a health policy advisor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tanzania, and provided technical assistance to programs in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa. She has served on the boards of several Tanzanian indigenous organizations and is currently a Principal Investigator in a randomized trial evaluating incentives to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections in Tanzania. Marianna joined Pact in 2019 as Country Director for Pact Tanzania, one of Pact's largest and most dynamic offices. In 2022, she now oversees the management and operations of Pact’s 14 country offices in Africa.
Moyo Gems Market Day Manager and Administration Officer, Pact Tanzania
Sosthenes is the Administration Officer at Pact Tanzania responsible for facilities/properties, logistics management, safety, security and support services. Prior joining Pact, he was a Manager, Corporate Support Service Desk at NMB Bank Plc, where he was responsible for coordinating and managing supply chain service level agreements (SLAs) on non-ICT related issues. Sosthenes has a combined 5 years of experience in Supply Chain SLA Management, Procurement, Asset and Properties Management. He is a certified procurement and supply chain professional (CPSP) by Procurement and Supplies Professional and Technicians Board (PSPTB) of Tanzania and International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), holds MBA in Logistics Management from Coventry University and Bachelor Degree in Procurement and Logistics Management from the Institute of Accountancy Arusha.
Sosthenes provides logistics support to Moyo programs, and acts as a local partners’ liaison personnel. He is a key person in supporting market day activities specifically in logistics arrangement, translations and recording transactional data in the market.
Director of Research, Pact Tanzania
Amon Exavery is the Research & Learning Coordinator for Pact’s USAID Kizazi Kipya Project in Tanzania. He is an active biostatistician with nearly 10 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, health research, and program monitoring and evaluation in Tanzania. He has worked extensively in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, adolescent reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Amon is our measurement man on the ground, and has already conducted a baseline evaluation for the gemstone pilot program in two districts in Tanzania. He holds an MSc. degree in Population–based Field Epidemiology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He has authored over 12 research papers, and co–authored over 20 others in national and international journals.
Program Ops, Moyo Gems
Kelly leads program management for Moyo Gems within her role on the the East & West Africa portfolio at Pact. Before Pact, she worked with Save the Children, the UN Foundation, United Way, School of St. Jude (Arusha, Tanzania), and she has a Masters from the London School of Economics and a BA from Clemson University.
Pact provided early investment capital to scope, launch, and fully implement the project until it became sustainably self-financed. The program is now financed through an allocation of sales revenue by Nineteen48 and ANZA and through ongoing in-kind technical support by Pact. Your purchases of Moyo Gemstones fund this program.
Everledger is a frontier technology company and has invested significant in-kind support to ensure that blockchain technology works for everyone, including remote ASM producers.
Nineteen48 and ANZA Gems are commercial partners in this program but have put countless hours on design and field time to ensure this solution is both commercially feasible AND works for the ASM gem producers in region. #Leadership
Help us grow through grants! Contact Pact directly with grant discussions: +1 202-466-5666
We sincerely thank Rebecca Villalobos, Katie Fackler, Katie Hallaran, Beatrice Kamugisha, and Brian Vo for their early leadership roles in the Moyo Gems program. We could not have done it without them! They are both Pact and Moyo Gems alumni, and will forever be members of #TeamSparkle. We also thank Carrie George, formerly of Everledger, of her gentle guidance early in the program launch phase.
Edward Mendelson, an Australian gemmologist, was an early part of the team, participating in the co-design workshop in Tanga in June 2018. He passed away unexpectedly in December 2018 in London. We miss him dearly.