Fairtrade gold miner Roger Arcos Ponte has visited the Gwynfyndd gold mine in Snowdonia, Wales to exchanges tips on traditional mining techniques with mine manager Ray Roberts.
During the visit organised by the Fairtrade Foundation, the two men exchanged a unique insight into the life of an artisanal smallscale miner on opposite sides of the world.
The trip was arranged to mark the launch of a collection of jewellery by welsh jewellery brand Clogau made from a blend of Fairtrade certified and locally sourced Welsh gold.
Clogau has announced that its entire Compose engagement and wedding band collection will be made from a mixture of Fairtrade and Welsh gold over time, benefitting miners from Ponte’ community in Peru as well as Welsh miners.
“This has been a great opportunity to see my product and meet the people working hard to promote Fairtrade gold in the UK,” comments Roger Arcos Ponte. “I’m more motivated to continue mining in this responsible way and to share with the other members of Macdesa.”
Ray Roberts adds :“After a very interesting meeting with Roger and the Fairtrade team at Gwynfynydd Gold Mine and learning about Fairtrade Gold, I think this connection is a big step forward not only for Fairtrade Gold but also for Clogau Gold of Wales, another chapter in the long story of welsh gold mining.”
Ponte’s visit also marked the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘I DO’ gold campaign, which aims to generate $1 million in Fairtrade Premium for disadvantaged mining communities around the world.