These Women Collect Gold Scraps From The Andes | NowThis

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Published on 4 Apr 2020, 22:59
Women were barred from gold mines in the Andes for years — so they started a tradition of collecting scraps to make a living.
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In US news and current events today, these women who make a living collecting gold scraps are known as  ‘pallaqueras’ or ‘gold-pickers,’ and they live in small towns near mines in the Andres mountains. Some estimates say there are close to 15,000 women participate. Every morning, the women collect scraps of gold from rubble near the mines. The tradition developed because women in the region were not allowed in the mines themselves. Local myth says that the mines are female spirits that would be jealous if other women entered.

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