May 2020

April 2020


April 28th, 2020|News|

Zakaria is teacher by profession but he is now also self-employed. He was one of the trainees in the sewing machines maintenance course, recently supported by the project. The PO met him and had some [...]

January 2020

Where we were supposed to be . . .

January 16th, 2020|News|

Our spring and summer is looking very different from usual. Our workshop has now closed like most other businesses. From 1st June our tool shop will be open for reduced hours. We were looking [...]

December 2019

Another Fundi trained

December 19th, 2019|News|

IT IS A TRAINING WHICH HAS ADDED A LOT OF NEW KNOWLEDGE TO ME! My name is Awadh Shaban Rashidii, a resident of Sokoni steet in Igoma ward*. I have a wife and four children, [...]

October 2019

August 2019

July 2019

January 2019

December 2018

1,000th kit from Wales to Tanzania

December 18th, 2018|News|

Our 1,000th kit left recently, bound for this Tailors group in Kahama. Of course we have sent thousands more tool kits to Tanzania - via our workshop in Mwanza, but this was the 1,000th to [...]

October 2018

Latest from Tanzania

October 8th, 2018|News|

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: [...]

July 2018

April 2018

Can you help to repair machines and improve lives?

April 30th, 2018|News|

                                      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 [...]

December 2017

November 2017

Muhintiri Blacksmiths

November 27th, 2017|News|

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 [...]

July 2017

Our Thirty Three and Third

July 6th, 2017|News|

. 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 [...]

January 2017

Our Review for the Year

January 2nd, 2017|News|

  Wishing all our friends, supporters and partners a very Happy New Year Click to read our Annual Review 2015-2016

November 2016

Giving Tuesday

November 27th, 2016|News|

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 [...]

November News

November 20th, 2016|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 [...]

September 2016

History of the Green Gathering

September 11th, 2016|News|

. 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.

August 2016

Hot news from Wales

August 10th, 2016|News|

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 [...]

Sue Gray

August 9th, 2016|News|

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 [...]

July 2016

Namagondo village – tools have arrived

July 11th, 2016|Photos|

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 [...]

June 2016

May 2016

NAMAGONDO – Where’s that?

May 25th, 2016|News|

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 [...]

Glyn Roberts

May 6th, 2016|News|

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

January 2016

News HOT from Tanzania

January 30th, 2016|News|

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 [...]

November 2015

August 2015

July 2015


July 4th, 2015|News|

On Saturday 15th July we are celebrating more than thirty three years of working in Crickhowell and helping improve other’s lives – both here and abroad.  Our workshop will be open to all from 10 [...]

March 2015

March news

March 24th, 2015|News|

 CLICK to see the Latest news from the Toolies               

December 2014

November 2014

November News

November 27th, 2014|News|

Lake Zone Exhibition John Mponeja of Tugeme Blacksmiths with his pedal grinder, which won first prize in the Mashinji Memorial Prize in 2005 sponsored by TFSR Cymru.  This was at the last Zonal exhibition we [...]

TFSR Cymru

November 3rd, 2014|News|

Please send your cheque to:- TFSR Cymru, Upper House Farm, Standard St,  Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1BZ                                               Many Thanks!

October 2014

News from Pangani

October 18th, 2014|News|

TUMAINI (EXPECTATION) TAILORING GROUP  -  News brought back by Bina and Terry Richter, following their recent visit to Pangani The group started in 2008 with 3 skilled tailors and 6 trainees. At that time we [...]

October News

October 8th, 2014|News|

. News from groups everywhere Kagera region Mr Elias Zacharia receiving tools from TFSR Cymru on behalf of the BUDAP - Bukoba Disabled Assistance project. for more see: . . . . . . [...]

Sad news

October 7th, 2014|News|

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our Patrons, Dr. William Shija has died in London yesterday at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife and [...]

August 2014

Late August News

August 31st, 2014|News|

Container No 9 Arrives in Mwanza The good news is that our container arrived in Dar es Salaam in the first week of August.  It reached Tanga the week after and was swiftly unloaded - [...]

July 2014

Tools Wanted

July 31st, 2014|News|

We have been very successful at collecting tools recently - they have been pouring in and we are running out of storage space. So in the short term, we are unable to take larger items [...]

June 2014

June News

June 19th, 2014|News|

Welcome to our June NEWSLETTER Container No 9 away to Mwanza Phil poses in the now traditional manner - 15.1 tonnes of tools with one hand! We wanted to paint the container before sending it, [...]

April 2014

Happy volunteers in the workshop

April 30th, 2014|News|

Scott, Andrew and Lynette packing our last carpentry kit for Tanga today.  Now the boxes have to be painted Tanga Blue . . .  they are colour coded to make unloading easier.  Singida kits are [...]

Buddy, can you spare a dime?

April 25th, 2014|News|

Do you have any unwanted old coins lurking in a drawer? If you do then the charity Tools For Self Reliance Cymru would love you to bring them to an event where we have a [...]

Grant Success

April 17th, 2014|News|

We have been awarded a grant of £2,500 by the Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust, for recruiting more volunteers for our workshop and any management and training costs this will entail.  Thank you MSCT . . [...]

Success in Geita

April 11th, 2014|News|

Antony Safari and Family Click here for another Success Story from Tanzania        

March 2014

January 2014

Extended Open Hours for Tool Sales

January 4th, 2014|News|

We are pleased to announce our new OPEN HOURS Now open from Tuesday to Friday for tool refurbishing and TOOL SALES.  This is thanks to our recent grant from Santander. Our stocks are high at [...]

December 2013


December 10th, 2013|News|

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 [...]

November 2013

November News

November 10th, 2013|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 [...]

September 2013


September 15th, 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 [...]

August 2013

Bumper News from Cymru

August 8th, 2013|News|

  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 [...]

May 2013

Why we send tools to Tanzania – a reminder

May 5th, 2013|News|

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 [...]

April 2013

Warmer News from us . . .

April 30th, 2013|News|

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, [...]

COOL News from Cymru

April 1st, 2013|News|

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 [...]

February 2013

Latest Annual Review

February 22nd, 2013|News|

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 [...]

January 2013

We are appreciated . . .

January 27th, 2013|News|

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 [...]

New Year News

January 26th, 2013|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 [...]

Training the Trainers

January 2nd, 2013|News|

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 [...]

September 2012

July 2012


July 21st, 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 [...]

June 2012

March 2012


March 13th, 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    

November 2011

August 2011

Green Man Festival

August 14th, 2011|News|

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 . . .  

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

Garden Tools Delivered . . .

May 7th, 2011|News|

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. [...]

February 2011

November 2010

October 2010

NEW Tools arrived from Tanzania

October 7th, 2010|News|

We have new Fair Trade Tools - adzes and spar hooks - just arrived from Anthony Safari Blacksmiths Group in Geita, Tanzania Available with or without a leather blade cover. Visit our workshop or buy [...]

We have been at . . .

October 1st, 2010|News|

Recently we have been at The Big Apple - Much Marcle, Abergavenny World Trade Fair,  Brecon Beacons Green Fair,     Green Man Festival, Sennybridge Show, Abergavenny Food Festival, and the Big Skill, Penpont.

August 2010


August 22nd, 2010|News|

  Green Man Festival - Crickhowell Thursday 19th August - Sunday 22nd August. Some rain some shine . . . We sold our lovingly refurbished tools, and our new Fair Trade Tools from Tanzania. Our [...]

July 2010

NEW: Buy TOOLS online

July 9th, 2010|News|

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 [...]

June 2009

September 2008

More Tools sent…

September 3rd, 2008|News|

Our forth container of tool kits and unrefurbishd tools was sent to Tanzania in September 2009. Now almost all the tools have been refurbished and distributed to groups in Laze Zone. We are [...]

July 2005

February 2005

17 tonnes and holding over 16,000 tools

February 21st, 2005|News|

In February 2005 we sent off the container, weighing 17 tonnes and holding over 16,000 tools and pieces of equipment.   It has passed through Dar es Salaam, and is at last in Mwanza. Now SIDO [...]

November 1992