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Tools For Self Reliance
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 sure to include a much closer estimate of the tools required in our Mwanza workshop. It held over 14 tonnes of tools and 170 sewing machines. Here is Mark on top again doing the business . . .  It is due to arrive in Mwanza mid September

Loads of events: Glastonbury Festival, Much Marcle Garden Festival, The Green Gathering, plus more. Martin from Germany, via Tools For Solidarity in Belfast, burns on a billhook handle on our ever popular pedal-powered forge.
Below is our stall at Much Marcle: a wonderful two days in a beautiful garden in Herefordshire, with plenty of customers for our lovingly refurbished garden tools

News from LAZOA: Lake Zone Artisans Organisation offers support to artisan groups in Lake Zone around lake Victoria; an area bigger than Wales. Following the sad death of the chairman Patrick Mutakyawa they held an AGM, and early this year the co-ordinator Deogratius Nkwabi made follow-up visits to many of the member groups. The good news is that he found plenty of enthusiastic artisans making a wide range of products everywhere he went. TFSR Cymru was pleased to fund the AGM and the follow-up visits.

Sewing Machines for Zambia: As soon as Lynne’s team had finished refurbishing machines for Tanzania, they moved on to prepare 20 machines for ABESU which is an organisation supporting women in Zambia.  We look forward to working with ABESU again in the future.

We are very pleased to welcome David Smith back following his operation and enforced holiday – 3rd from left.

And last but not least: Yesterday we received a massive tool collection from Aberporth Benefice Church. Jill & Derek arrived with Derek’s pick-up stuffed to the roof with hundreds of tools – Thank You Aberporth!

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