Welcome to Tools For Self Reliance

TFSR Cymru aims to improve the lives of African artisans & families by providing them with quality refurbished recycled hand tools & training.

TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE groups collect old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines from all over the UK.  We clean repair and sharpen them, and send tool kits and sewing machines to grass roots community groups in several African countries.  At present TFSR Cymru concentrates its overseas efforts in Tanzania.

We mostly fund our organisation by selling high quality refurbished garden tools here in Crickhowell, South Wales.  We also specialise in edge tools: billhook, felling axe, slasher and hatchet, by some of the fine old makers of such as Brades, Gilpin, Nash, Whitehouse, Elwell and Parkes. We also stock beautifully reconditioned garden spades, forks, rakes, hoes, sickles, scythes, shears and countless other tools such as carving chisels.

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Where we were supposed to be at . . .

Our spring and summer is looking very different from usual. Our workshop has now closed like most other businesses. Stay strong, and thanks for being with us and bearing with us in these crazy [...]

Sewing Machine Fundi training in Mwanza

TOO MUCH OF MY MONEY HAS GONE TO FUNDIS!  NOW I CAN FIX ANY PROBLEM IN MY MACHINE I am called Pendo Mchele. I live in Nyakato village in Geita region. I am 30 years [...]