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Not to be confused with Mali in north-west  Africa, Malawi is a small country in the south  of Africa bordering with Tanzania to the north,  Mozambique to the south and Zambia to its west.  Most Malawians rely on subsistence farming, but  this is a difficult task as the country constantly  (and frustratingly) battles with extreme weather conditions from drought to heavy rainfall. Many  Malawians are currently reducing their reliance  on farming and starting to explore for gems. 

As with  its  neighbouring  countries,  hidden  beneath  Malawi’s  soil  lies  small  deposits  of  Amethyst, Aquamarine,  Beryls,  Garnets  and  gem-quality Quartz. In addition to these artisan  mines,  there  are  also  larger  scale  Ruby  and  Sapphire  mines  at  Chimwadzulu  Hill  in  the  south of Malawi.

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