Based in Nairobi Kenya, Candice Jumwa joined The Impact Facility after completing her Bsc in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Born in Taita Taveta County, the gemstone capital of Kenya, Candice also has prior experience with the gold sector in Migori County and gemstone sector in Taita Taveta County having spent a few weeks in both regions for her university internship programmes.
Aside from her mission to ensure that women in the industry are well represented and adequately compensated, she is also particularly interested in putting in her contribution towards mercury reduction and its eventual elimination in the artisanal and small-scale mining industry. Having completed her final year project on customising a vortex machine – a gravity concentration device that could help steer the community away from mercury use, Candice believes that The Impact Facility offers miners an opportunity to move away from the hazardous nature of mercury and eventually be in line with the objectives of the Minamata Convention in combatting mercury pollution.
“With mining being one of the leading drivers of modern civilization, members of the ASM community are also deserving of modern-day solutions in their practice, which is where The Impact Facility comes in. By providing the community with the resources they need to achieve economic and environmental empowerment, TIF aims to bridge the gap between upstream and downstream actors, eventually enabling the ASM community to get fairer market prices.”