Christmas Gifts in Kind - to help the people of Tanzania You can now buy a range of Gifts in Kind direct from our web site or from our Crickhowell shop. Prices range from £10 upwards.    We will send you a beautifully printed card for you to add your message, together with the details of [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:03+00:00 December 10th, 2013|News|

November News

  We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from Santander.   The Social Enterprise Development Awards are part of Santander’s commitment to supporting small businesses and local communities.  SEDA aims to help social businesses looking to grow, to support economic regeneration and ultimately create jobs. We will use the [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:03+00:00 November 10th, 2013|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|

Bumper News from Cymru

  Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. A Bumper Newsletter from Cymru as you haven't heard from us for a while. We have been busy as you will read ... Container News We sent off our eighth container in July. This took much longer to load than before as we have made [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:03+00:00 August 8th, 2013|News|

Why we send tools to Tanzania – a reminder

This is the working sledge hammer of the Nyiboko Blacksmiths Group in the remote Serengeti District of Tanzania. A danger to the user and anyone nearby. A sledge from TFSR Cymru will give many years of safe and happy use. Tony Care returned from a visit to Tanzania in February where he visited groups in [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:03+00:00 May 5th, 2013|News|

Warmer News from us . . .

A Great Big Thank You . . . The response to our Easter Appeal was amazing.  We have had so many generous donations in a very short time, that we have now bought the container, and are going ahead with shipping it at the end of May.  We load it slowly, not like our big [...]

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

COOL News from Cymru

Send us an Easter Egg to help us ship our next container? In these difficult financial times we are struggling to raise the money to send our next container to Tanzania. Thanks to the generous efforts of Crickhowell Rotary Club who donated £800, fund-raising has got off to a great start. There are about 450 [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:03+00:00 April 1st, 2013|News|

Latest Annual Review

Shovels in our Mwanza workshop . . . the simple idea behind our work: recycling hand tools, many of which might otherwise have ended up in landfill sites, and redistributing them to people in rural developing areas . . . Read more: -   Annual Review 2011.2102  

2016-11-30T09:55:04+00:00 February 22nd, 2013|News|

We are appreciated . . .

TFSR Cymru was presented with this certificate for helping to sponsor the cost of blacksmiths from Lake Zone to attend the recent Trade Exhibition in Mwanza.  This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for the smiths to show their products, and they usually go home having sold everything. We also sponsor the Mashinji Memorial Prize for [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:04+00:00 January 27th, 2013|News|

New Year News

THIS IS OUR 30th BIRTHDAY YEAR In October this year, it will be 30 years since Tools For Self Reliance first came to Crickhowell. In 1996 - half way along our timeline, we became TFSR Cymru and moved into our present workshop, and since then we have never looked back. We are planning a whole [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:04+00:00 January 26th, 2013|News|

Training the Trainers

Dave Field, a trainer from Hereford College of Blacksmithing,  has just returned from a fortnight in Tanzania where he has been teaching advanced techniques to the best of the blacksmith groups we are working with in Lake Zone Tanzania. He has taught them how to carry out better heat treatment to make sure the tools [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:04+00:00 January 2nd, 2013|News|

Sewing Machine Training in Pangani + kits delivered to Kagera

July saw 38 members from 17 different groups take part in a course designed to help them maintain their sewing machines and to repair them when they go wrong.  This as just as important as getting machines out to Tanzania in the first place, helping to make the tailors even more self reliant.  The course [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:04+00:00 September 6th, 2012|News|


Ian and Tony with our brand new road sign, awarded to TFSR Cymru for our work with SIDO in and around Mwanza. More information on Wales Africa Links facebook page “You changed my life. I used to spend my money on make-up.  Now I buy your billhooks!”     A happy customer of ours at the Green [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:05+00:00 July 21st, 2012|News|

We have buckets – we need sewing machines!

Our container left for Tanzania in April, and arrived in Dar es Salaam on 25th May with 13 tonnes of tools and sewing machines. We are still short of embroidery machines for women's groups in Tanga and Singida regions.  Are there any unwanted/unused machines out there? Please contact us  today Many thanks  -  the Welsh [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:05+00:00 June 11th, 2012|News|


Read how we did last year . . .        Just click here -  An Review for web . .   Mhambo Mwinamila making a goat bell for our Fair Trade tools programme    

2016-11-30T09:55:05+00:00 March 13th, 2012|News|

New TOOL collection point is now up and running

A new tools collection point in Carmarthen is up and running, and Colin Hill picked up some nice tools today. It's in the Healthy Planet bookstore, which is in the old Allied Carpet store in Pensarn, Carmarthen.  The store is currently open Monday to Saturday from 10am, closing times in the afternoon vary.  For up [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:16+00:00 November 14th, 2011|News|

Green Man Festival

We had a wonderful dry Green Man Festival   Our workshops were as popular as ever - blacksmithing hooks and pokers, and making hazel whistles.   Sold a few tools too . . .  

2016-11-30T09:55:16+00:00 August 14th, 2011|News|

Garden Tools Delivered . . .

A large lorry blocked Standard Street this week while volunteers unloaded an enormous pile of tools collected in the recent "Tools Amnesty", run by the the Garden Centre Group with garden centres in South Wales. . Many thanks to Julie Sheldon who organised this. .

2016-11-30T09:55:16+00:00 May 7th, 2011|News|