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Better Lives Sought for Larimar Miners in Dominican Republic

A larimar stone at the Larimar Museum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on March 12, 2015. Local men who want to start mining for larimar typically group together and then seek an investor willing to pay for the necessary equipment and fuel. Miner Anibal Franquis said he has saved enough in his 23 years of digging to become an investor, putting up $40,000 at a time to sponsor an excavation project. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)
A larimar stone at the Larimar Museum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on March 12, 2015. Local men who want to start mining for larimar typically group together and then seek an investor willing to pay for the necessary equipment and fuel. Miner Anibal Franquis said he has saved enough in his 23 years of digging to become an investor, putting up $40,000 at a time to sponsor an excavation project. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)

BAHORUCO, Dominican Republic—The men in ragged clothes, many barefoot and covered in grime, scramble deep into the earth, searching for veins of a blue-green stone...




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