By Takudzwa Mahove
For Sophie Takuva, the Great Dyke is a gift that keeps on giving as she sings forward ever backward never. Sophie started off as a small scale supplier, became a gold buyer and is now a successful small scale miner.
In an interview with Amakhosikazi media, the small scale miner narrated how she started off as a small-time supplier of basics to small scale and artisanal miners and ended up with her own productive mining claim and part of an executive committee of the Zvishavane Women Miners Association which represents the interests of the once marginalised women miners.
Takuva applauded the support the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association continues to render to her and other women in the sector – training programmes and workshops that have equipped women miners technically and legally.
With many procrastinating in their entrepreneurial ventures hiding behind lack of funds Takuva revealed that she had not gotten a loan but used proceeds from ventures she started earlier to make her mining initiative fruitful.
She indicated that at first she employed a man to do most of the work at the mine but after training, she is now doing it herself, she is at the mine once or twice a week monitoring the work underground herself.
The Zvishavane based miner admitted that working in the sector is tough because most of the work is demanding and exhausting, a situation which at times is worsened by negative cultural beliefs.
She concluded by urging women to persevere in their chosen fields and “start by starting” never giving up even when going forward seems impossible.