Roger Arcos Ponte from Macdesa Fairtrade mine, Peru, will visit Clogau’s Welsh gold mine in Gwynfyndd, Snowdonia to mark the launch of an exclusive collection made from a blend of fairtrade certified and locally sourced Welsh gold.
On September 29, the Macdesa Fairtrade mine will exchange tips on traditional mining techniques and share a unique insight into the life of an artisanal small-scale gold miner on the other side of the world. The Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘IDO’ gold campaign, the trip’s facilitator, aims to generate $1 million in Fairtrade Premium for disadvantaged mining communities around the world.
Clogau has announced that its entire Clogau Compose engagement and wedding band collection will be made from a mixture of Fairtrade and Welsh gold, benefitting miners from Roger’s community in Peru as well as those in Wales.
Currently, every piece Clogau creates contains rare Welsh gold taken from the mountains of Snowdonia, the same gold as used by royalty for over 100 years. The company aims to bring miners together to formalise what they do, hoping to improve working conditions and eliminate child labour.
Sonia Menezes, head of brand development at Clogau, said: “I visited the Fairtrade gold mines in Peru recently, including Macdesa, and it struck me how gold from both mines have a unique and poignant story to tell. This partnership is just the beginning of our joint story and we want betrothed couples to join in and become part of the narrative.”
Macdesa consists of nearly 300 artisanal small-scale miners who produce 25kg of metal every month. Alongside them there are 60 women who work at the site sorting through the tail end of the hard rock in search of gold hidden within them.
Euan Venters, commercial director of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Congratulations to Clogau for creating such an exciting and unique partnership which will make an important difference to mining communities in Peru.”
As part of the ‘I DO’ campaign, Roger will tour the UK, visiting jewellers and delivering key note speeches at three Regional Campaigner Conferences including one in Bangor on September 30. The conferences and other events will be attended by leading activists from Fairtrade’s network of 10,000 local campaigners, including Towns, Schools, Universities and Faith Groups.