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“Our mission is to reduce poverty in Africa by helping people build sustainable livelihoods through the provision of tools and training.”
We believe in a world free from extreme poverty and hunger, and that helping people to be more self-reliant is the best way to achieve this. Nowhere is this truer than in Africa.
For us the key is in our name. Tools for Self Reliance gives people a chance they never had – the skills and tools to get them out of poverty and into work. Each year we ship tens of thousands of high-quality refurbished tools and sewing machines to our partners in Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Malawi, and pay for much-needed skills training.
Our work in Africa is one half of the story. The other half is our UK programme that supports it, at the heart of which are our volunteers. We provide volunteering opportunities to people of all abilities and from all walks of life and the personal benefits to them can be diverse and far reaching.
For some people, it’s about rediscovering a sense of purpose, a chance to learn new skills (or pass on existing skills) or make new friends. For others, it’s about coping with life-changing events such as unemployment, retirement and bereavement.
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Read our Stories from Africa and see what a difference we’re making.