Rìo Suerte has started a nonprofit organization. Our goal: Giving people living near rivers with gold potential opportunity to improve their living conditions to match them with new equipment for the extraction of gold from the rivers. The rivers are the property of all and if the rivers have gold, the gold belongs to all. By giving this opportunity to the poor Guatemalans who can work in an honest and able to support their families with alluvial gold mining pledge to return something to Guatemala, something that we have been given. Not only will the necessary equipment, of which more later but also teach them how to use the equipment, techniques for gold (although some already know well from experience) and fuel (in the beginning) to operate the machines.
We plan to deliver one machine for every six families in areas creeks. Each family consists of approximately 6 to 8 members. We have yet to make an assessment of the areas and the families who will receive the machines, a job that we gladly.
The machines are 50 ¨ highbanker with a 12¨sluice box, powered by a gasoline pump, hoses and have been made in Guatemala by people who works in metal and mechanical industry. These highbankers are small and portables. See our page day 11 highbanking for information about what this devices is and how it works.
NGO RIO SUERTE MISION AND TARGETS
- The NGO…the supply side to solution the anti-mining sentiment of the country.
- The Community sluice, highbanker resolution.
- The personal opportunity with gold… offering the chance to make the difference.
- Equipment, education, scale of efficiency.
- The education and opportunity of the people on the banks of Guatemala´s rivers.
- The artisanal up-grade… an historical tradition now brought to modernity.
- Their river… their gold.
- Going up against big gold in a way… gold by the people for the people… clean, no chemicals, a shared responsibility about raisint their standar of living.
The Federal Public Ministry says that environmental impact studies and consultations with indigenous peoples have not been done. Take an anti-mega-mining stance and place the opportunity in the hands and minds of the indigenous peoples. Water is free, gravity is free. The artisanal revolution, replacing panning as the main extraction method… the mainstreaming of production for the river people.
Our establishing a demo site, we have it along the Platanos river, Frank´s encampment, a working relationship with a river propert abutting location, finding the location… explaining the location… identifiying the likely workable spots where gold might be found… screen, teach, educate the indigena. A program to support mechanical issues, security issues.. The buy back if fair buyers of the production are not forthcoming… NGO buys the product, the NGO connected to the river inhabitants in all things-gold. It is a model of… the price of gold is not important.
The upside of our NGO operation: a boost to the local economy, prooud work, creating a resource not usint anything harmful, no poisons, chemicals, honest work… proud work, as a result $$$ dollars spent locally…
On the political front: with big gold now on the side of little gold (contributions) to the NGO, it becomes a not an either or situation… big gold can ride on small gold´s success. As a result: the tienda will be able to expand, chicken feed will be purchased, capital available for industries already under way, dentist paid, more teachers… a truly invigorated economy is done this way: little people… little business… leads to the Total result.. like multi-vitamins…
- On the first impression about assiting Chapin´s in the excavation/procution from their native land, the gold on their land…
- What obstacles do you see that may be on the horizon?
- If successful what might be the results in 1yr, 2 yrs, 5 yrs?
- How would you feel about being part of a project that would create an avalanche: Chapin´s no longer subject to the penalties of being poor, no longer the subjects of the panlties of the small purchase: now children of the bulk..
Guatemala´s rivers, if possessing the gold sands, can yield approximately (low estimate) of 0.5 grams of gold c/m3… that is a 1/2 gram of pay out material per cubic meter.. the equipment designed and sealed to work constantly at a rate of 4-5 meters/hour… the math: it is probable that a succesful hour´s run could yiel 2 grams/hour…
Bringing the job the men and women of the river… no travel… a whole community at work… multiple shifts.
The nature of the contract, by charging a flat flee the fullest use is encouraged… the ngo couldn´t monitor the production, no one has to cheat the real numbers, can be arrived at… addtional incentives for honesty… if the spot is hot bring on down, allocated more equipment.
People at the river: at the water… they just shovel dirt into a machine that spits out gold… how would that change their lives… reclaiming of the natural heritate of gold now abducted by Big Gold.
What: The NGO, self-supportint community based project designed to stimulate entrepreneurial incentives through improvement and expansion of tradictional methods of precious metal extraction in Guatemala.
Who: The Project will directly impact Guatemala natives, the Chapin…
How: Taking gold from first batches at a nearby location whereby we can secure machinery at night and train in the daytime… Training taking 3-days for a period of 8 hours/day for a total of 24 hours in total… assuming the minimal extraction from the ubiquitous gold sands of 2 grams per hour for a total extraction amount of 48-grams obtained per training period. The economics of which would derive the amount of $1,440.00 (48 grams pricing $30/gram when converted to the currency of the realm). $800 would be held in trust for repairs, the remainder distributed accordingly to the participants of community group involed int he training session. They would have a credit line with the NGO for future repairs or maintenance so that the machinery (high-banking technollogy) won´t be scavenged or damaged.
Why: Starting an economic/entrpreneurial expansion cycle that will commence from the extraction of river gold… then used to buy more food and supplies and services, increasing access to medical, dental, education, still furthering and boosting the local business in an exponential manner.
Where: Guatemala has a number of rivers containing gold bearing sands/grave. Innumerable km/miles of terrain only accessible by people living along the river banks in question, depressed pueblos ehre ordinary usual employment is not possible.
When: Starting in November, 2013 a pilot program will begin, using gringos initially and then subsequently using Chapines to do the initial dry run.
Implications: Guatemala is 5-6 years behind Peru in looking at and regulating artisanal mining and miners (Environmental reports, proper structure and notification, etc.) We anticipate more rigorous regulation in the future from Guatemala government.
- Positive: The initiativel , river production, is not competitive… always room at the river.
The typical involvement of ¨corporate or big gold¨ to develop native lands will not be encourage as the process is too laber intensive and difficult to make ¨obscene profits¨The NGO´s process educates Chapines so that they are in control of their own destiny: Hard gets – Big $$.
Also, by co-incidence Big Gold maybe viewed in a more positive light (source of funding).
- Negative: Locals might become too big for their ¨britches¨, a success too quickly, changing relations with church, alcohol, bad money magement…
Problems to Overcome: The scurity of the gold as production runs of a daily basis in access of $400.00 are quite probable: pick-up, storage, security…
Sources of Support: NGO councils, Big Gold distracts and improves PR-image, local radio, local governments, mining clubs and organizations in the North, geological societies…
THINGS TO DO TO SUPPORT PROJECT:
Lectures, demonstration advertised with refreshments, create info sheet for request for more information: Name, adress, phone, e mail, specifics of shy interested, create brochure and pamphlet with details of project with photos of equipment in use at site, among other activities…
Do Trial run at a site, videotape,take still photos, use young recruits thay pay basic expenses and have a coupon that allows a discount to basic fee for trip, have lots of refreshments for sale, with a bottle of water for free, charge after one bottle, bring tents and chairs, bug repellant, snacks..
LecturE at Rainbow about the availability and locations of gold in rivers, use maps, have sample of gold and scale to measure and calculate worth, sample of pan and estimate of ra… the NGO… the supply side to solution the anti-mining sentiment of the country…
The areas which are proposed are about 35 miles of total extension. Among those miles there are lots of families who works on the river, many of them don`t have a proper land and the only source is the alluvial gold. We have our Project just to help them with the mini highbankers that we are going to give them soon. let´say that the highbanker can make 2 cubic meters per 1 hour, and now let`s see the map, we have a large extension to cover up and with many families living around that miles, let`s say about 4,00o families…
Our highbankers are designed to clean per hour at a constant rate of 4-5 cubic meters per 1 hour. To match it is possible that a succesful hours running then you could hield 2 grams of gold per 1 hour.
Let`s say that the price of gold is $900 (because is alluvial gold, 22 kilates not 24 like the 100% pure), then we have (click on the graphic below):
1 highbanker could help at least 2 families. $60 usd per 1 hour is a great salary in Guatemala, and divided by 2 families and if they work 5 hours a day… that´s a good income for them.
Is it Worthwhile?
It`s often as we do if there is such a presence of gold in the rivers of Guatemala, Why the chapines rivers do well made this opportunity available to themselves? It is a matter of the Artisanal Rennaisance, the numbers tell the story.
Panning at the river is the major prevalent extraction method what can an individual panner accomplish in a single day. Panning is hard, ardous labor, in direct sunlight at high temperature.