Tanzania: Gold Mine Neighbours to Benefit From Entrepreneurship Skills

SOURCE: ALLAFRICA

Shinyanga — About 14 Villages around Bulyanhulu Gold Mine site in Msalala and Nyang'wale Districts of Geita and Shinyanga regions will benefit from entrepreneurship skills project aimed at engaging youth groups in self-help economic activities instead of relying on small-scale mining only.

The Micro Enterprise Development Initiative (MEDI) project which will be implemented in collaboration with the Bulyanhulu Gold Mine Limited (BGML), Africare; District Councils of Msalala and Nyang'hwale aims to provide mentoring on skills of education on business environment to encourage the society around the mine apply alternative means in economical endeavour and refrain from attempts of stealing gold in company's mine site.

Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, the BGML General Manager, Mr Graham Crew, said that agreement was important sine it will help empower the community economically.

"Acacia is committed to support the villages near to the gold mine to make them engage in business instead of relying only in mining activities in order to alleviate poverty," said Mr Crew. The project worth $ 270,000 (about 500m/-) will support 350 beneficiaries from 14 villages in sustainable business development programme for two years and will be implemented in consultancy of Africare, while Acacia will provide funds through its Maendeleo Fund.

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