Sorting through tain’sivana (Ambondromifehy)
The conical sieve (sivana) is typical of mines in the north of Madagascar. Shown here is a young woman sorting through tain’sivana, discarded rough stones and sapphires of little value that other miners have left behind. Many people, a majority of them children and women, sort through these discarded mining tailings left in rivers and other sieving sites all over the country. While the earnings are often small, since only very little and low-quality sapphires are left, this method has the advantage of requiring little effort of digging or carrying stones from the mine to an appropriate sieving site.