We sometimes may wonder what we would do if we were to find a large gemstone. It does happen on occasion, although it is not likely to happen to most of us. We might even wonder if we would be able to keep living a good, productive life if we were to strike it rich in that way. It seems that a miner in Tanzania is showing us all how it’s done after finding 2 gems.
The Tanzanian miner, Saniniu Laizer, managed to come up with 2 uncut gems that weigh 33 lbs in total. When he found the gems, he didn’t make plans on traveling the world or heading off on a shopping spree. The 52-year-old man wants to build a shopping center and a local school.
BBC sent out the report that the tanzanite gemstones were sold by Laizer for 7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings ($3.35 million). You can only find Tanzanite in northern Tanzania. By some estimates, the supply may be gone entirely within 2 decades.
Laizer was asked how he would celebrate and he said: “There will be a big party tomorrow.” He is also planning on keeping the celebration going after the party. Laizer has 4 wives and over 30 children, so investing in the community is important to him. He also wants to benefit the local children by building a school.
“I want to build this school near my home. There are many poor people around here who can’t afford to take their children to school,” Laizer explained according to the BBC. “I am not educated but I like things to run in a professional way. So I would like my children to run the business professionally.”
Laizer acknowledges that the new wealth could change his lifestyle, but he is hoping to keep things as is. His biggest concern, now that he is a millionaire, is how to take care of his 2,000 cows.
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