Working in collaboration with USAID, check out what one of our artisanal mine sites looks like!
The 1st responsible ASM gold supply chain from eastern DRC to the United States & Europe
The United Nations and ICGLR Private Sector Investment Conference. Over $4 billion is investments featured, 1 fully executed, the Fair Congo Initiatives
We all know how monetarily valuable gold is, but it could be even more valuable than you’d think! Not only does bling make you look cooler, but gold also has other helpful uses… from a chemotherapy alternative, to protecting astronauts from harmful cosmic rays. Join Trace as he lists out … Read More
Gold is seen as a valuable metal world wide. Where did this idea originate and how much is it worth today?
Ever wonder how people mined for gold? Have no fear! You can use a pan, a large drill, and even explosives! Anthony did some digging and found out many of the methods that people get that rare substance out of the ground and into your wallet!
UNICEF correspondent Michelle Marrion reports on how UNICEF is supporting efforts to find child labourers a way out of the diamond mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
When you understand the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo you begin to understand the need for impact investing into such a culturally rich nation. As usual, well done to John Green and the Crash Course YouTube channel. I highly recommend subscribing!
This was a video shown by the International Organisation of Migration during the 2017 11th ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Joint Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. Personal stories from miners like this one are essential to not just understanding the challenges of responsible mineral trading but most importantly to solving those challenges. I … Read More
Another great video by Seeker/DNews showing the complexity of something we take for granted. I highly recommend subscribing!
A very accurate assessment. Congo can be one of those positive examples as the near future unfolds.
The Fair Congo Initiatives were launched in 2017 by the Chambers Federation. The Fair Congo Initiatives have established the 1st and only conflict-free ASM gold supply chain from an active CAHRA and the first to establish a premium chocolate production facility within the DRC. Fair Congo, sarl (www.faircongo.com) is a for-profit … Read More
Spoiler alert! Timing is by far the most important factor for a startups success. When I look back at the various startups I’ve founded I would agree wholeheartedly. Even the existing businesses I’ve been apart of, when I implemented changes to the business model the primary reason those changes saved those … Read More
The Chambers Federation is pleased to announce its renewal of financial and technical support for the social enterprise, Empowerment Lighthouse Ltd (ELL). The Federations initial capital investment of 15 million shillings will be rolled over to continue to support the financial capacity of the women owned enterprise while the Federations … Read More
The Chambers Federation is please to announce its investment into the Kenyan social enterprise Recycle Tribe. Recycle Tribe is a social enterprise founded in 2015 that finds value and purpose in discarded materials from the construction and shipping industries. It was founded and is owned and operated by women to train and empower women entrepreneurs. Recycle … Read More
According to the World Bank Group as of 2013, an estimated 20 to 30 million people engaged in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) globally; in many countries, women make up between 10 to 50 percent of small-scale miners *1. While women are usually not given the opportunity to work in … Read More
An estimated $24 trillion in untapped deposits of raw mineral ores lie beneath the Congo’s incredibly vast lands. This is the equivalent to the combined Gross Domestic Product of Europe and the United States *1. This figure accounts only for the reserves not currently being mined, not including the many billions already being mined across the country. DRC … Read More
Artisanal Small-Scale Mining vs. Large-Scale Formal Mining ASM activities often take place near or within the formal mining concessions of large-scale mining (LSM) operations. ASM may take place in abandoned mining areas, in tailing dams, low volume deposits, or in downstream areas. Interactions between LSM and ASM are increasing as both … Read More
A common definition for the Artisanal & Small-Scale Mining sector has not been adopted as its legal status, defining criteria, and local definitions vary from country to country1. Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) are formal or informal operations with predominantly simplified forms of exploration, extraction, processing and transportation. ASM is normally … Read More
The Conflict: The conflict mineral ores of tin, tungsten and tantalum, as well as gold, are key elements of electronics products including cell phones, personal computers even gaming systems like the Sony PlayStation. Unfortunately, they have also been the principal source of revenue for armed groups that have preyed on civilians in eastern Congo over … Read More
Most people who watch the news already know of the 2010 Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform. Congress passed this act as their response to the economic crisis which began in 2008. What many people do not know is how expansive this reform is. To … Read More
The name Wolframite is derived from the German “wolfram”, meaning tungsten. “Wolfram” is also the basis for the symbol W for tungsten as a chemical element. Along with scheelite, wolframite is the most important tungsten ore mineral. Wolframite deposits are often found with cassiterite, a tin ore, and occasionally with coltan, a tantalum ore. Tungsten … Read More
The name Cassiterite is derived from the Greek “kassiteros”, meaning tin. Cassiterite (tin oxide, SnO2) is the best-known and principle tin ore. Tin (cassiterite) is currently classified as a conflict mineral along with tantalum (coltan), tungsten (wolramite) and gold. These 3T minerals, not including gold, are often found together in the same … Read More
The name Coltan is derived from columbite–tantalite, known industrially as tantalite, with tantalum (Ta) as the principle chemical element. Tantalum (coltan) is currently classified as a conflict mineral along with tin (cassiterite), tungsten (wolramite) and gold. Previously known as tantalium, its name comes from Tantalus, a hero from Greek mythology. In the story, Tantalus had … Read More
Chambers Financial Group, a division of the Chambers Federation, represents both federal and private banking institutions and has helped shelter the industry through the financial crisis beginning in 2008. Incorporated in 2005, this division has managed over $2.5 billion dollars in assets in the United States. Clients represented by Chambers Financial Group … Read More