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Giving Tuesday

Now that all that Black Friday nonsense is over, we have Giving Tuesday, which like it's big sister lasts all week. From this Monday, until next Sunday 4th December, PayPal will add £1 to all donations made to charities like us. And there are no charges, so 100% of your donation goes to us. You [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:55+00:00 November 27th, 2016|News|

November News

Damian comes to Wales . Damian Changa came to see us in October; he is the SIDO regional manager for Mwanza, Tanzania. He managed to fit in a lot to his short visit; here he is outside our Crickhowell tools workshop with our Wednesdays team. He visited our sewing workshop and our tool store known [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:56+00:00 November 20th, 2016|News|

Namagondo village – tools have arrived

The photos show Wahunzi Malegea’s new shelter – from rain and sun, plus some of the tools and equipment recently received from our Mwanza workshop which will help to make the groups more productive. This will help the artisans send their children to school, pay for healthcare or possibly a bicycle.

2016-11-24T10:32:29+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Photos|

NAMAGONDO – Where’s that?

Arriving by boat at Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria.  Namagondo is about half an hour's drive from here. Namagondo is one of two villages chosen for our new project in Tanzania.  In January this year we visited this village, finding out what the artisan groups really needed to improve their businesses and their lives.  We [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:58+00:00 May 25th, 2016|News|

Glyn Roberts

Glyn Roberts was the founder of Tools for Self Reliance and an inspiration to many people. Read Other Lives in the Guardian

2016-07-24T12:49:57+00:00 May 6th, 2016|News|

News HOT from Tanzania

News HOT from Tanzania This month we bring you reports direct from Tanzania written by people on the spot Here I am, handing over some cash to Jitegeme blacksmiths’ group outside Bukoba. They are receiving a bonus because we ordered the tools before our visit, and they were done on time and of good quality. [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:59+00:00 January 30th, 2016|News|


TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE CYMRU collects old and unwanted hand tools from all over Wales.  We clean, repair and sharpen them, and send tool kits to grass roots community groups in several African countries.  At present we concentrate our efforts on Tanzania. We raise most of our funds to do this by selling high quality [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:03+00:00 September 15th, 2013|News|

NEW: Buy TOOLS online

You can now purchase our Fair Trade Tools online. All profits from selling these tools go towards our project which provides training to blacksmiths groups within Lake Zone, Tanzania.  They are taught new skills on the forge, better hardening and finishing techniques, and helped with marketing their products.  Carpentry groups also receive training in maintaining [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:17+00:00 July 9th, 2010|News|

Joint Project with SIDO Mwanza – More Tools for Tanzania

The Mwanza Workshop and has been up and running since June 2005.  The two Tanzanian workers Saidi and Vivienne are turning out tool kits for artisan groups in Lake Zone, refurbishing over 200 kits a year, about four times the output of our Crickhowell workshop.   Saidi has been out and about in Mwanza [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:17+00:00 July 8th, 2010|News|