A miner from Tanzania became a millionaire overnight. It might sound unbelievable. But this is the story of 52-year-old small scale miner Saniniu Kuryan Laizer. He mined two of the most significant rough tanzanite gemstones ever found.He dug up a rare stone called Tanzanite, weighing 6 kilograms (13 pounds) with an estimated value of USD 2 million.
Interestingly, over a month ago, he unearthed two of the most prominent rough Tanzanite gemstones. Mr Laizer mined two stones weighing 9.2kg and 5.8kg, and he sold the stones during a trading event in the northern region of Manyara. He earned USD 3.4M from these stones.
The Tanzanian government bought the gemstones for preservation as they are rare. Mr Laizer has four wives and 30 children. He plans to invest in his community. Laizer said that he wants to allocate the money to development activities. He said, “I want to build a shopping mall and a school. I want to build this school near my home. Many poor people around here can’t afford to take their children to school.”
President of Tanzania John Magufuli also congratulated Saniniu Laizer. Saniniu ‘s story is going viral on Social Media.