“In the beginning, the men would often turn to look when they heard my voice, a female voice. They weren’t used to it. But they ended up accepting us as equals. We would always have our meals together, sitting on the floor, dirty, drenched in sweat, with the rats running around us. We are all equal, underground,” says Hata.
“Women can be drivers, farmers and even run businesses, if they can do all this, they can make it in the mining field as well. Being a female miner is just like any other job; we can serve as examples for the rest who still think it’s something for men. Many of us have achieved a lot of things in this field; we get paid and support our families,” Kamugwera says.