Village development funds
Through the Village Development Funds initiative, community members are trained to work together to choose and implement their own development projects. Small grants of up to US$15,000 per year are then provided to fund the projects, which must benefit the whole village.
The whole process, which is undertaken in close cooperation with the local authorities, is designed to ensure that differing needs within each community are taken into consideration.
The mine’s community development team provides support – such as training in how to implement projects in a transparent and accountable way – but each village is responsible for their own project.
There are 29 villages that participate in the initiative. Projects implemented include the construction of latrines, roads, schools, fish ponds and village meeting halls.
A safe route to school, one of the results of the Village Development Funds.