Melvina and family.
What is the From Ground To Gown
What is From Ground To Gown?
From Ground to Gown is a concept conceived by Woodie Butler in 2011 upon his first visit to Sierra Leone to purchase rough diamonds. American Woodie actually artisanal mines, finds, and delivers a diamond direct from the ground in Sierra Leone, to the bachelor or husband who then has it custom cut, all the while custom videoing the entire process while using the bride to be or wife's name.
Never before done, "....here darling I had a guy scour the earth of West Africa, to find a diamond as precious and singular as you!". Customers can take it one step further, and make an undercover trip to actually pick the diamond out of a miners shaker!!
After seeing the “wild “ and untamed bush of the provinces, as well as the harsh and remote conditions of the alluvial mining in Sierra Leone the name was conceived. FGTG at present has direct contact with over 400 mining operators in Sierra Leone alone. Along with the mine operators, relationships have also been built in the government, banking, and all necessary industries in order to facilitate transactions between West Africa and the United States. With this network on the ground in Sierra Leone and high-level government contacts, Wild Diamond has the ability to verify (in person), negotiate, and secure multiple parcels for exportation at any given time
Due to the level of trust Woodie has established within the mining community in Sierra Leone, through lengthy negotiations, Woodie has implemented a set of procedures, which will secure and protect Wild Diamonds and our partners as well as serve and satisfy our mine operators and workers interests at all times. Keep in mind, that the vast majority of mining in Sierra Leone is done on a level equal to the 1800's in the United States, with shovels, pick-axes, and hand panning for both diamonds and gold. With the right investments in equipment, machinery, and the proper personnel in place, the possibilities are staggering.
Who is Melvina Ndanema?
Melvina Ndanema, a partner and consultant for Wild Diamond, was born in and comes from a well-respected and influential family in Sierra Leone. She is a best-friend and more like a sister to Woodie and also is the Godmother to Diamond ButlelerHer late mother was the former Mayor of Bo. Mrs. Ndanema carries both a Sierra Leone Passport and an American Passport. Melvina has bought diamonds in Sierra Leone and sold them in America and she had a client base that paid her and her expenses to travel to Sierra Leone to purchase diamonds for them. She has brought millions of dollars to Freetown’s economy by facilitating the purchase of diamonds from rural miners. In the past she spent the other six (6) months in the United States with her family while servicing as a “goodwill ambassador” for Sierra Leone and creating interest in investments in Sierra Leone.
Mrs. Ndanema is a intelligent and pragmatic businessperson. She is honest, experienced, professional, and disciplined and possesses impeccable credibility and integrity. She is a ‘priceless and powerful asset’ to Wild Diamond Safari.