It’s great when we get news of artisans who Tools for Self Reliance supported in the past. So we were delighted to hear from the Buguruni Carpenters Cooperative. Buguruni received a furniture making kit and business skills training via our partner SIDO Dar es Salaam back in 2009.
Business owner Saidi Ali Jongo told us,
Our new youth training school is almost ready to open. Business is booming and we are now exporting to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. We have 60 members – 40 trained and 20 trainees. We hope to take on more trainees when our school opens.
The tools we received are still working well. The planes will probably last another 30 years. We have used the money we’ve saved to buy a router and planer, and we are in the process of purchasing a bandsaw. We have also taken the first steps to improving our workshop which will include a furniture showroom.
We’re grateful to everyone who supports us with their time, money and tools so we can continue to help people like Saidi to build a better life.