Malawi Gemstone Program for Poverty Reduction, Healthcare and Community Services
Brief Description of Project:
The Republics of Malawi and Zambia has in excess of 10-15 semi-precious gemstones that have international appeal. It is the desire of MAWIMA and ZWIMA to hire those people who complete the training program. MAWIMA and ZWIMA will compensate the workers with a fair wage and healthcare services via EMG-Africa Healthcare Services for them as well as the members of their families.
The project will address the critical requirement of adding value to the rough gemstone material by learning how to analyze the rough in preparation for cutting and faceting it into a finished gemstone. In so doing, a much greater value of the gemstone is realized and the profits/ revenues from the finished gemstone will be retained in Malawi and Zambia.
The next step in further enhancing the opportunity to realize the maximum revenue from the gemstone, is the process of turning the gemstones into jewelry. And to that end, this project will provide training for the people of Malawi and Zambia in the art of jewelry design.
What is most impressive about this project is that people will be trained to use very basic low-tech tools to create high quality fashion rings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants.
This jewelry training process is a proven success in the United States and many people are realizing small business sales in excess of US $10,000.00 per week.
This project is geared to training 132 people in the art of gemstone and jewelry design and 24 gemstone faceters at each of the 4 Edu-TeleCenters. The Edu-TeleCenter will house the trained people together in a single facility to enable them to take their training in jewelry design to create a jewelry design industry.
Both Malawi and Zambia as rich as they are in semi-precious gemstones will now be able to leverage the rough gemstone material that currently brings very little per carat, into an industry outside of these countries that produces revenues in excess of 1,000,000% with the finished products. In a recent visit to Malawi while in a meeting with Booker Matemvu and Charles Mandela from the Malawi Social Action Fund, ResourceLinC presented a picture of a citrine necklace that was selling in the United States for US $1,500.00. Quite a difference in revenues when you consider that up to this point Malawians were selling the rough material for only US $.10 CENTS PER CARAT.
The people of Malawi and Zambia who will be trained, will learn a wire sculpting system that has enabled thousands of others around the world to make money right from their own small businesses. They will learn all the tips and tricks it took to learn design and jewelry making at craft shows, flea markets, private parties, conventions, rock and gem shows, wholesale jewelry shows, and private showings, except we will pursue international markets to maximize the return on investment.
Also as a part of the Edu-TeleCenters, EMG-Africa, one of our alliance partners will provide community outreach healthcare services and free medicines as a part of their Telehealth solution. With the ability to provide healthcare and medicines, each Edu-TeleCenter will house 3 nurses, 2 of which will provide community outreach services. EMG-Africa’s mission will be to address the highly vulnerable population between the ages of 0-5 and pregnant mothers.
And with our internationally recognized approach, ResourceLinC will conduct HIV/ AIDS education, awareness and prevention programs while Safe Water Access and Training Consultants will provide safe water systems “point of use safe water and sanitation” training to the nurses and community outreach staff and organization.