A total of 18 miners (8 females & 10 males) working with over 270 mine workers and thousands of indirect beneficiaries were the proud beneficiaries of de-watering motor pumps which will help them to reduce their labor, help to increase productivity and augment their income. The machines were handed over by the two local partners of the project, Rights and Rice Foundation (RRF) and the Federation of Miners' Association of Liberia (FOMAL) at ceremonies in Grand Cape Mount County of Liberia on June 3, 2012. The three communities targeted for the intervention are: Weaju, Jessie Village and Mabon region. Funded by Lester Fund through GlobalGiving of the U.S.A. the project aims to provide equipment through a revolving loan scheme and basic financial management skills to the artisanal miners and mine workers who work with hand tools and exert manual labor to make a living. The project is aimed at increasing the incomes of the miners and contributing to improvement in their livelihood. As part of the turning over program the miners signed an MoU which spelled out the roles and responsibilities of the miners, mine workers, local mining agent, District and other local officials. With the revolving loan scheme, the first set of beneficiaries are required to pay back the cost of the equipment over a six months period, which funds will then be used to purchase more equipment to benefit other miners. Speaking at the turning over program the District Commissioner of the area Hon. Musa stressed the need stressed the need for cooperation of all parties in order for the project to meet its primary objectives by improving the lives of local miners and their mine workers in its totality. Beneficiaries of the project are excited about the project and have organized themselves into Project Management Committees responsible for the collection and coordination of the activities of the project by the beneficiaries. Prepared by Rights and Rice Foundation Monrovia, Liberia August 30, 2012
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