Welcome to Tools for Self Reliance

Our mission is to reduce poverty in Africa by helping people build sustainable livelihoods through the provision of tools and training.

We are a UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa. We work with local African organisations to deliver a programme of tools and training to bring about effective and sustainable change to trades people and their communities. The primary countries we work in are; Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. You can read stories from our projects here.

We are currently recruiting for two new roles: Corporate and Community Fundraiser; and Head of Africa Programme – please visit our vacancies page for more information!

Our Theory of Change demonstrates how we work towards moving people out of unemployment or underemployment and into meaningful, sustainable work to achieve our aim.

Theory of Change

Our UK programme supports these projects, at the heart of which are our volunteers. We provide volunteering opportunities to people of all abilities and from all walks of life, giving our volunteers the chance to learn new skills (or pass on existing skills) and make new friends, whilst working for a common cause they are passionate about.

Find out more

There are many ways in which you in which you can support us, find out more here.

To keep up to date with our latest news sign up to our monthly e-newsletter and read our newsletter, Forging Links.

Changing lives to build a better future – our organisational strategy 2012-16.


Tools for Self Reliance is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board

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