Cruz Pata Chaquiminas

Cruz Pata Chaquiminas

“We want to commercialize our gold at a fair price and to get the Fairmined premium to help the community”: Agustín Pachari, titular del proyecto minero.

EFFORTS TO FORMALIZE

The Cruz Pata Chaquiminas mining organization is located 1.5 kilometers away from the district of Ananea at 4,610 meters above sea level. The snow-capped mountain of Ananea in the Andes Mountains is the main landscape welcoming all visitors.

Small-scale mining and camelid farming coexist in this area, in addition to the several farming communities such as Limata, Trapiche, Cajón Huyo, Poquera, Chuquine, Belen, and Ananea.

In the past, gold had been illegally extracted in this area. However, after the regulation adopted by the Peruvian government, Mr. Agustín Pachari acquired the title for the Cruz Pata Chaquiminas concession in 2006, starting the journey towards formalization.

This mining organization has benefited about 25 families, supporting the community and nearby educational centers as well.

CERTIFICATION BENEFITS

Having obtained the Fairmined certification, this mining organization aims to fulfill one of its dreams: to export responsible gold. In addition, the organization intends to continue improving its working conditions and environmentally responsible practices.

“The challenges we are working on are related to improving environmental protection and overall health and quality of life conditions of workers,” Agustín said.

QUICK FACTS

Location: Puno region, San Antonio de Putina Province, Ananea district. See the map here.

Number of workers: 24 men, 2 women

Type of extraction: Alluvial extraction

Fairmined certification date: March 2020

 

FAIRMINED CERTIFICATION ACHIEVEMENTS

ECONOMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Tracking gold and supply chains to be free of conflict and poor practices along the entire value chain.

SOCIAL AND WORK ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Implementing contingency and emergency plans.
  • Applying internal work rules and policies respecting human rights (discrimination or harassment is not tolerated.)
  • Paying fair wages for workers.
  • Tracking gold and supply chains to be free of conflict and poor practices along the entire value chain.

ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Duly handling of mercury and hazardous substances used in gold recovery.

CERTIFICATION SUPPORT

The ASMO has received support from ENSEMBLE through the ALLIANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE MINING for the implementation of the Fairmined standard and its further assistance.