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Membership Card for Small-Scale Mining Cooperative
GARES-MINES is an organization that works to improve the economic and social conditions of small-scale gemstone mines.  Each of the 300 members pay a fee of 1,000 Ariary (equivalent to approximately 0.50 USD) per month, and the organization manages payments to the government to secure licenses for Gares-Mines members to buy and sell stones legally.  According the president of Gares-Mines a major aim of the organization is to secure a permanant market space in Antananarivo where they can sell stones directly to lapidary artists and tourists.