Supporting Tools for Self Reliance – Practical Help for Practical People

Tools for Self Reliance

Tools for Self Reliance

All tools collected and refurbished by ToolsAbroad are either donated to Tools for Self Reliance, or are sold and the profits are given to Tools for Self Reliance. 80 pence in every £1 Tools for Self Reliance spends is invested in sustainable livelihoods projects. 20p is spent on essential support costs and raising the next pound.

The charity was launched in 1979 and works in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia. Successful partnerships have been formed with local organisations in these countries to deliver programmes of training to bring lasting benefits to tradespeople and their communities. On average, 90% of people who join a training course with Tools for Self Reliance complete the training, with 85% running a business and earning an increased income within six months of completion.

Tools for Self Reliance is a  national charity (registration number: 280437) and a  company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (registration number: 01487630).

You can learn more about Tools for Self Reliance, and the fantastic work they do, by visiting their website, here.

10th February 2022

A Message of Appreciation

Over the past five years, the Coventry and Warwickshire Group has raised over £24K, which has been sent to Tools for Self Reliance to help fund training courses in Africa. More than half of this was raised over the past two years, in spite of Covid restraints. The group has also sent large quantities of refurbished tools, to be used both for training purposes, and to equip trainees to work independently when qualified. Ben Riley, who is the charity’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, emailed us recently saying: “An increase on each year’s fundraising (including the COVID years) is an amazing achievement. These efforts go in line with what myself and other staff here regularly say about the Coventry group, and how you are an excellent example of our volunteer groups – in terms of your approach to the tools we need, sales and your recruitment of new members. Please thank everyone for me for all the hard work”. On our part, we would like to thank the people of Coventry and Warwickshire for their generosity and support over the recent difficult times.