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Tools for Self Reliance

About Tools for Self Reliance…

Tools for Self Reliance Over thirty years ago Tools for Self Reliance was formed so that ordinary people living in the UK could practically participate in understanding and helping to resolve, some of the issues affecting the poor of the world. The charity's mission is to reduce poverty in Africa by helping people build sustainable livelihoods through the provision of tools and training.

Tools for Self Reliance work with partners to deliver a programme of vocational skills training, alongside life and business skills and providing the necessary tools. We believe in helping people work their way out of poverty and enabling them to create long term change for themselves, their families and their communities.

We support women like Namasa Lucy who says, "We thank Tools For Self Reliance for making it possible for us to acquire skills. When you educate a woman, you educate a nation; the skills we are attaining therefore are skilling Uganda." And men like Adrian Lungu who says, "The skills I have been taught are life changing.".


Volunteering – at the heart of what we do…

Our volunteers collect and refurbish the tools we send to our projects in Africa and remain at the heart of what we do. Our volunteers include the elderly, those with mental health issues, people with learning difficulties, young offenders and unemployed youth. All work together, learning from each other, with a common aim of producing the best possible tools to help the work in Africa.

“Volunteering with Tools for Self Reliance has a different draw for everyone. The main thing is that we are all working towards the same goal – helping people in Africa who are struggling to help themselves out of poverty by giving them vocational skills training and tools for a better way of life." Workshop volunteer

"We have the enjoyment and fun of achieving something useful to others." UK Group

Each year Tools for Self Reliance trains more than 3,000 people which in turn changes the lives of many, many more. 

Sarah Ingleby, CEO, Tools for Self Reliance

The Archbishop of York has been Patron of Tools for Self Reliance since 2006.