Shamsa Diwani is a business woman who is currently the Executive Director of Gemstyles Company. She is the Chairperson of Mineral Value Addition Organisation (MIVA), in the United Republic of Tanzania.
MIVA is an organisation for Small Scale Mining and Adding Value to the Minerals.
Having seen great opportunities in different types of gemstones in Tanzania and other based metal minerals, in 2015 a group of women established MIVA to specifically focus on adding value to minerals in genuine and natural stones ethically sourced in Tanzania.
Shamsa was the first Secretary General of Tanzania Association of Women Miners (TAWOMA). She pioneered the establishment of TAWOMA in 1997 when she pulled together the various small scale miners who are part of TAWOMA today. TAWOMA is the first and only small scale mining organization that supports women to entre the ‘mining world’ in Tanzania. It is also one of the few such organizations in Africa. TAWOMA bring women together to find markets for their gemstones throughout the world.
Shamsa is known for her effort in building TAWOMA into an advocacy body for Women and Small Scale Miners in Tanzania with a view of mainstreaming gender and promoting women participation in mining to improve their economic status.
TAWOMA’s Mission is to facilitate women miners to organize themselves access financial, technical and marketing services to enable them carry out mining activities that are both economically and commercially viable and environmentally sustainable.