The Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) and USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project will hold a unique fireside chat webinar, “Sister to Sister: Creating relationships to support responsible sourcing of artisanal gold from Africa.” This virtual event, which will be held Wednesday, April 14, at 10am ET, will provide a space for panelists and participants to exchange information about their respective businesses and discuss opportunities for success. Participants of the webinar will learn how to responsibly source artisanal gold directly from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“From miner to jewelry designer, Black voices, especially Black female voices, are often overlooked, undervalued, or ignored,” said Nikki Duncan, Chief of Party, USAID’s Zahabu Safi Project. “Through this virtual conversation, we hope to facilitate both the professional and commercial connections, which will advance our collective interests to promote equity and inclusion along the supply chain and help improve the lives of Black women working in mining in eastern DRC.”
Featured panelists include:
Dr. Njanju Namazuba Zouzou, President of the Mineral Cooperative of Ukingo (Luhihi, South Kivu, DRC)
Huguette Kaleba Ngoie Kasongo, co-founder of SOGECOMI, a social enterprise whose goal is to improve the lives and wellbeing of mining communities in DRC through responsible sourcing and exporting of minerals
Ella Mindja, Zahabu Safi Project Officer and Community Liaison
The session will be moderated by BIJC’s: Lotanna Amina Egwatu, Creative Director and Principal at Mina Stones, and Patricia Mweene, Founder and Creative Director, INONGE ZITA Jewellery/Gemstone Value Chain Specialist.
This free event is available to all.