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The second in charge (C), a woman with leprosy is watching for any inperfection in her worker's labor inside the workshop building inside the lepers slum of Northern Addis Ababa July 8 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each piece made is reviewed by her and some help before it can be sold on the markets or to foreigners.
Batena is one of the women who work on the edges of Ilakaka's mining trade. Operating by herself, or with her 3 children, the sapphires she finds would make her wealthy beyond her dreams if she could sell them directly to the buyers in London and New York. But without the skills and technology to cut and polish the stones in Madagascar, or the contacts to export them, she makes just about enough money to feed her family.