Currently sourcing Fairmined gold and silver from the Aurelsa mine in Peru, Hoover & Strong has recently announced they have obtained a second Fairmined source in Colombia.
“We have recently partnered with the Iquira Cooperative in Colombia to obtain Fairmined gold for our customers interested in socially-responsible Fairmined products and services,” says Torry Hoover, president of Hoover & Strong.
Officially called the Iquira Municipality Agro-Mineral Cooperative, the Cooperative is located in Colombia’s famous coffee region.
The Iquira Cooperative was formed in 2004, after local miners/coffee cultivators received their official licenses and registration through the Colombian government. The Cooperative currently employs 76 people, all of whom have formal contracts including social security and health care insurance and are all from neighboring farming communities, providing important local employment opportunities.
The miners alternate seasonally between artisanal gold mining and coffee cultivation. The Iquira Municipality Agro-Mineral Cooperative is a model example of how coffee, plantain, livestock farming and gold mining can coexist sustainably.
The Iquira info above comes from www.fairmined.org.
“As we continue our efforts to be the most responsible refiner and precious metals manufacturer in the world, we are delighted to add the Iquira Cooperative to our source list for Fairmined gold,” says Hoover.
Hoover & Strong currently offers Fairmined casting grain, sheet and round wire in 14K yellow, 18K royal, 24K yellow, sterling silver and fine silver. For more information or to place an order, please visit the website, www.hooverandstrong.com. Additional information on Fairmined Gold and Silver can be found at www.hooverandstrong.com/fairmined-gold.