Oct 2018

Where will we be?

Oct 24th, 2018|News|

Our lovingly refurbished tools will be available to buy at: Only 9 tool-buying days to Christmas. 1,000,001 TOOLS still available in our workshop 2nd Feb, Hereford Seed Swap, Courtyard, Hereford 2nd March, Seedy Saturday, Carmarthen [...]

Latest from Tanzania

Oct 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: [...]

Jul 2018

Apr 2018

Can you help to repair machines and improve lives?

Apr 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 [...]

Dec 2017

Nov 2017

Muhintiri Blacksmiths

Nov 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 [...]

Jul 2017

Our Thirty Three and Third

Jul 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 [...]

Jan 2017

Nov 2016

Giving Tuesday

Nov 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

Nov 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 [...]

Sep 2016

History of the Green Gathering

Sep 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.

Aug 2016

Hot news from Wales

Aug 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

Aug 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 [...]

Jul 2016

Namagondo village – tools have arrived

Jul 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 [...]

Jun 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

Jan 2016

News HOT from Tanzania

Jan 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 [...]

Nov 2015

Aug 2015

Jul 2015


Jul 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 [...]

Mar 2015

March news

Mar 24th, 2015|News|

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Dec 2014

Nov 2014

November News

Nov 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

Nov 3rd, 2014|News|

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

Oct 2014

News from Pangani

Oct 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

Oct 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

Oct 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 [...]

Aug 2014

Late August News

Aug 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 - [...]

Jul 2014

Tools Wanted

Jul 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 [...]

Jun 2014

June News

Jun 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, [...]

Apr 2014

Happy volunteers in the workshop

Apr 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?

Apr 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

Apr 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 . . [...]

Mar 2014

Jan 2014

Extended Open Hours for Tool Sales

Jan 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 [...]

Dec 2013


Dec 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 [...]

Nov 2013

November News

Nov 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 [...]

Sep 2013


Sep 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 [...]

Aug 2013

Bumper News from Cymru

Aug 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 [...]

Apr 2013

Warmer News from us . . .

Apr 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

Apr 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 [...]

Feb 2013

Latest Annual Review

Feb 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 [...]

Jan 2013

We are appreciated . . .

Jan 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

Jan 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

Jan 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 [...]

Sep 2012

Jul 2012


Jul 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 [...]

Jun 2012

Mar 2012


Mar 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    

Nov 2011

Aug 2011

Green Man Festival

Aug 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 . . .  

Jul 2011

Jun 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. [...]

Feb 2011

Nov 2010

Oct 2010

NEW Tools arrived from Tanzania

Oct 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 . . .

Oct 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.

Aug 2010


Aug 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 [...]

Jul 2010

NEW: Buy TOOLS online

Jul 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 [...]

Jun 2009

Sep 2008

More Tools sent…

Sep 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 [...]

Jul 2005

Feb 2005

17 tonnes and holding over 16,000 tools

Feb 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 [...]

Nov 1992