Our lovingly refurbished tools will be available to buy at: 24th Nov, Hay-on-Wye, Fair Trade Christmas Fair 24/25th Nov, Swansea Green Fayre, National Waterfront Museum, SA1 3RD 6th Dec, Late night Shopping, Crickhowell, our workshop open 4.30 - 9.30pm 2nd Feb, Hereford Seed Swap, Courtyard, Hereford 2nd March, Seedy Saturday, Carmarthen More dates to come [...]
News from Tanzania After distributing treadle bases to women’s groups in Ukerewe Island, our Project Officer had a short time to chat with one of the project’s beneficiaries. This was what she had to say: ‘My name is Rhoda Laurent, a resident of Namagondo village. I am 33 years old and a mother of three [...]
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Press Release Monday 30 April 2018 Can you help to repair machines and improve lives? Welsh charity, Tools for Self Reliance Cymru (TSFR Cymru) have been fixing old tools and sewing machines for 25 years. The repaired tools are sent to Tanzania where they work with local artisans to support them with tools and [...]
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Marco Deo first came to the notice of Tools For Self Reliance back in the 1990s, when he took part in a blacksmiths training programme, funded by our parent charity. He lives in Muhintiri, a very rural village many miles from Singida, the regional town in central Tanzania. It is farming country and Marco has [...]
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. See bottom of page for news of our Thirty Three and a Third Birthday Meanwhile a short history of those years for TFSR Cymru: . We started with a Party . . . 1996 - we had just bought our new home. Plenty of work ahead. . Previously we had spent 12 years in [...]
Wishing all our friends, supporters and partners a very Happy New Year Click to read our Annual Review 2015-2016
Wishing all our supporters a very productive new year from all of us here in Crickhowell.
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 [...]
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 [...]
. Click to read the fascinating history of the Green Gatherings. We have been attending ever since 1994 and have seen them grow and shrink and grow again.
Hot News from Wales - container arrives in Mwanza After three months at sea and on the road, plus a quick pit-stop at the port in Dar es Salaam, our eleventh container has arrived at our workshop in Mwanza. Seen here are Emmanuel and Saidi unloading. Hoping they had some help, as there were 18 [...]
We are sad to report that Sue Gray died last week. She was a trustee of TFSR Cymru from 1999 to 2002, our Chair in 2002, and an active volunteer member for many years. She is seen here with Ikulwa blacksmiths group in 2004? Next to her is Joseph Mashinji who became a good friend [...]
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 [...]
Glyn Roberts was the founder of Tools for Self Reliance and an inspiration to many people. Read Other Lives in the Guardian
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. [...]