S4-04: Monica Stephenson, Dedicated to Responsible, Ethical and Fair Practices

For the Love of Jewelers: A Jewelry Journey Podcast Presented by Rio Grande

Apr 25 2023 • 57 mins

In Swahili, moyo means heart. Monica Stephenson, founder of ANZA Gems, founding collaborator of two NGOs—PACT and the Tanzania Women’s Miners Association (TAWOMA) of Moyo Gems—and President of the Board of Ethical Metalsmiths has devoted her career to responsible and fair-mined jewelry practices. A documentary film project in East Africa led her to the edge of a tsavorite mine, and the rest is history still in the making. Monica has spent the better part of the last decade working with women in the supply chain—an oftentimes invisible resource. “The reason we focus on women is that when you benefit women, the entire community will benefit. There's a ripple effect to everything,” she says. Bringing passion to every opportunity, Monica joins host Courtney Gray in this For the Love of Jewelers podcast episode devoted to uplifting women, serving mining communities that serve us and the growth of a fair-mined industry.