By Samuel Sukhnandan | Demerara Waves
Women miners across Guyana are facing various livelihood and economic challenges as a result of the restrictions imposed due to the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
This is according to the President of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) Urica Primus who told News Talk Radio 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online on Wednesday that this situation is not limited to just a handful of women miners, but a majority of its 482 members across all regions.
Primus said some of these miners had initially made a decision to close their operations to safeguard themselves and their families. However, they have since returned to work out of the need to earn and provide for their families.
“Most miners simply cannot afford to close their operations.While the payment of utilities has been deferred, they are not erased. The payment of rent, school fees, food and health expenses are real costs that fuels the artisanal and small-scale industry drivers,” she asserted.
The GWMO president said this is especially so, since miners are land owners who have a responsibility to the state and miners who are indebted to mine equipment suppliers…Full Story