Abzu Gold (ABS.V) is a good example of a junior gold mining company faced with the challenges you mention. The stock is currently at 0.08/share,  having been at $1.00 less than 2 years ago.  Over the past year they have worked to secure the necessary financing, through a Strategic Investment With Stonehouse Construction, to advance their Nangodi Project in Ghana. (See the links below)

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/abzu-gold-announces-closing-25-million-strategic-investment-change-directors-tsx-venture-abs-1744608.htm

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/abzu-gold-announces-drilling-mobilization-2013-targets-additional-satellite-gold-mineralization-tsx-venture-abs-1749693.htm