Kenyan national statistics estimate the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM sector) provides direct employment to 40,000 Kenyan citizens, with many more benefiting indirectly. Indirect economic spillover effects, however, remain uncertain and are likely underestimated due to limited information on them. Within Migori County, according to the Ministry of Mining and Petroleum of Kenya gold mining production capacity reaches 34 tons per year. This can earn an estimated 34 billion Kenyan shillings, or 670 million US dollars, annually. Yet despite the sector’s contributions to the economy and government efforts to regulate it, ASGM remains largely informal and faces extreme risks.
The Migori County Artisanal Miners Cooperative Society (MICA), in collaboration with UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and with support from CIRDI, created this documentary on ASGM in Migori to shed light on this sector and to give Kenyan gold miners a voice.
To address some of the issues reflected in the documentary, CIRDI held a training program in Migori in July 2018. This program focused on practices supporting improved occupational safety, mercury-free gold recovery and environmental stewardship.
Narrated by: Kirsten Dales
Logistics: Julius Opiyo, George Odhiambo, John Asembo