Artisanal miner is ‘latest billionaire’

26Nov 2020
The Guardian
Artisanal miner is ‘latest billionaire’

ANOTHER small-scale minor from Arusha Region has become the latest billionaire after selling minerals worth 1.7bn/-.

Speaking here yesterday during a visit by officials from the zonal mines office, Gabriel Laiser said he made it to the short list of billionaires after hitting five tonnes of ruby at his mine pit located in Longido District..

The new kid on the bloc becomes the second Laizer, second small-scale miner from the pastoralist Maasai community to achieve this feat after tanzanite miner Saniniu Laizer who made news in June as the first artisanal mining billionaire. He sold his minerals at 7.7bn/-. The two Laizers are not related.

“It was not easy; I endured a lot. I borrowed money and invested in the equipment that enabled me to realize this feat,” he said.

The new billionaire –and dollar millionaire for that matter—hailed government efforts that seek to see that small-scale miners work in an improved environment.

“I can say that my success has been made possible by recent pro-small-scale miner efforts made by the government,” he said.

Laizer’s success has boosted the morale of ruby miners in the area who were about to despair after months and even years of work without any significant find......for more information visit