Where will we be?

Our lovingly refurbished tools will be available to buy at: Only 11 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 More dates to come - or visit our Crickhowell workshop. Workshop Open Times All money taken at these events goes [...]

2018-12-07T18:57:31+00:00Oct 24th, 2018|News|

Latest from Tanzania

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: ‘My name is Rhoda Laurent, a resident of Namagondo village. I am 33 years old and a mother of three [...]

2018-10-08T16:01:37+00:00Oct 8th, 2018|News|

Can you help to repair machines and improve lives?

                                      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 years. The repaired tools are sent to Tanzania where they work with local artisans to support them with tools and [...]

2018-04-30T16:08:08+00:00Apr 30th, 2018|News|

Muhintiri Blacksmiths

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 very rural village many miles from Singida, the regional town in central Tanzania.  It is farming country and Marco has [...]

2017-11-27T16:48:27+00:00Nov 27th, 2017|News|

Our Thirty Three and Third

. 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 - we had just bought our new home. Plenty of work ahead. . Previously we had spent 12 years in [...]

2017-07-06T13:56:44+00:00Jul 6th, 2017|News|

Giving Tuesday

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 donations made to charities like us. And there are no charges, so 100% of your donation goes to us. You [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:55+00:00Nov 27th, 2016|News|

November 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 is outside our Crickhowell tools workshop with our Wednesdays team. He visited our sewing workshop and our tool store known [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:56+00:00Nov 20th, 2016|News|

Hot news from Wales

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 our workshop in Mwanza. Seen here are Emmanuel and Saidi unloading.  Hoping they had some help, as there were 18 [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:58+00:00Aug 10th, 2016|News|

Sue Gray

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 is seen here with Ikulwa blacksmiths group in 2004? Next to her is Joseph Mashinji who became a good friend [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:58+00:00Aug 9th, 2016|News|

NAMAGONDO – Where’s that?

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 we visited this village, finding out what the artisan groups really needed to improve their businesses and their lives.  We [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:58+00:00May 25th, 2016|News|

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+00:00May 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. [...]

2016-11-30T09:54:59+00:00Jan 30th, 2016|News|