Russian mining company - Tanarmenia - has pledged to invest in social welfare projects soon after merging with a small-scale mining trade union known as Kaseme Goldfield Ltd which is based here. Tanarmenia executive director Roza Badalyan revealed this yesterday here when presenting a plan for proposed invests before small-scale miners at two general meetings at Rwamgasa and Kaseme wards. The meeting was convened to discuss the miners future after entering into partnership with the foreign firm. Badalyan expressed commitment to improve social services in the areas where the artisan miners operate, including paying school fees for children from poor families as well as orphans. She also said that they would embark on a special programme to empower widows economically to help them earn a living. Badalyan said the issue on shares would be dealt with after all legal processes for recognising their partnership had been completed. For his part, small scale trade union representative Salvand Rwegasira said the process to enter into partnership with the Russian firm had reached an advanced stage. We are currently waiting for response from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, he said.