About Rich

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Rich has created 37 blog entries.

Glyn Roberts

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

2016-07-24T12:49:57+01:00May 6th, 2016|News|

News HOT from Tanzania

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. [...]

2019-04-04T17:25:04+01:00January 30th, 2016|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 [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:22+01:00September 15th, 2013|News|

NEW: Buy TOOLS online

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 the forge, better hardening and finishing techniques, and helped with marketing their products.  Carpentry groups also receive training in maintaining [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:53+01:00July 9th, 2010|News|

Joint Project with SIDO Mwanza – More Tools for Tanzania

The Mwanza Workshop and has been up and running since June 2005.  The two Tanzanian workers Saidi and Vivienne are turning out tool kits for artisan groups in Lake Zone, refurbishing over 200 kits a year, about four times the output of our Crickhowell workshop.   Saidi has been out and about in Mwanza [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:58+01:00July 8th, 2010|News|

More Tools sent…

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 about to send Container No 5. Container No 3 loading and ready to go - Oct 2008

2019-04-04T17:30:58+01:00September 3rd, 2008|News|

Linking TFSR Cymru in Wales & SIDO in Mwanza, Tanzania

Over the past 26 years TFSR Cymru has sent more than 500 kits of tools (35,000 refurbished tools) to blacksmiths, carpenters, tailors and other artisan groups throughout Africa. We have become quite successful at collecting hand tools from across Wales; they now arrive at our workshop in Crickhowell faster than we can refurbish [...]

2019-04-04T17:31:04+01:00July 4th, 2005|News|

17 tonnes and holding over 16,000 tools

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 staff have turned that load into a fully functioning tool-refurbishing workshop - only two staff at present - soon to [...]

2019-04-04T17:31:04+01:00February 21st, 2005|News|

A technology ignored by the powerful – why?

Glyn Roberts Founder of Tools for Self Reliance Something puzzles me, something about people using tools. This is a very human activity and nearly always a good one. But if the idea of tools in use is that good, why doesn't the Tools for Self Reliance message spread like wildfire around the world, in North [...]

2019-04-04T17:31:10+01:00November 13th, 1992|News|