Taita Taveta University played a host of the CESO-SACO and Taita Taveta Women Association meeting aimed at educating artisanal miners on modern mining equipment, entrepreneurship, marketing, and opportunities available in the world for self-sustainability.
CESO is a Canadian organization that empowers people, businesses, communities and institutions to drive economic development and improve lives around the world and in Canada by sharing the right expertise and experience.
The parties discussed various collaboration areas which include; coming up with a GEM store that would attract both local and international tourists and traders as an income-generating activity for the artisanal miners and the local community; and capacity building in entrepreneurship and leadership.
The parties agreed to develop a joint program to identify other key areas in which they can be able to partner for the betterment of the women in mining within the county. The CESO-SACO team is currently working on a 5-year business plan on how they can link up Mining and Tourism in Taita Taveta County in order to promote the business of not only the gemstones but also other minerals that are mined in the region. Issues revolving around value addition were also discussed so that the Kenyans can ensure they keep their wealth in Kenya. The department of EESS offered to assist with the development of the business plan.
Present during the function were Dr. Benard Alunda – Dean School of Mines and Engineering, Mr. Mwakio Mwagandi Chairman EESS, Mr. Eric Kinyua – Lecturer Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering and Mr. Lucas Mwangala, Taita Taveta University Research and Outreach Officer.
Mr. Livingstone Mghenyi – Chairman Domestic Tourist Association (Coast Region), Mary Anne – CESO Business and Entrepreneurship Consultant, Teresia – CESO Communication and Public Relations Officer, Editha Samree – Chairman Taita Taveta Women Artisanal Miners Association.