Chepurayi Nancy, 40, looks frustrated. The single mother of four scoops sand and stones from the bottom of the shallow waters with a basin and searches for gold in the container (basin) with her bare hands.
"This is a business of hope. You keep working hoping to find gold at some point. It is not an easy venture,” she says.
“It is a business of luck for artisan’s world over. You can strike gold and become a billionaire in a minute. It is that hope that keeps us going every other day,” Henry Kolipus, 66, says. "We are roughed up in poverty despite us searching gold for years. The women also depend on gold to educate, feed and clothe their families,” He ventured into the gold searching business when he was a teenager, unfortunately he is still languishing in poverty. He is even struggling to keep his two children who are in secondary in school.