Gold Mining often plays a significant role in Burkina Faso's economy. Burkina Faso has become Africas 4th biggest producer of gold in 2012. Production of mineral commodities is limited to cement, dolomite, gold, granite, marble, phosphate rock, pumice, other volcanic materials, and salt. Child slavery is common place in the gold industry.
Now, 150-tonne trucks rumble up earthen ramps leading out of the open pit mine, terraced like an Italian orchard. More than 1.5 kilometres end-to-end and 100 metres deep, it's not only the biggest mine in West Africa, it is also Burkina Faso's biggest private investment and largest single employer.