The highest form of charity is to find someone a job.
Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
More than 30 years ago Tools for Self Reliance started life as Tools for Tanzania. Since then we have supplied thousands of men and women with tools and training to help them become blacksmiths, tailors, carpenters, shoe repairers, and builders, and we’ve helped them develop their skills into viable small businesses. Today they are working hard and building their communities.
Tools and training transform lives!
Caroline Ngoty’s story
Caroline runs the Tumaini Tailoring Group in the Manyara region of Tanzania. In 2010 she took part in a 15 day training programme. She learnt how to repair and maintain sewing machines and how to manage the business. At the end of the training Caroline returned to the other 7 members of her group to pass on her new skills. The group also received 1 electric and 2 hand sewing machines.
When we visited, Caroline said the group is now working flat out. With the new machines their products are better quality and this is attracting new customers.
Now our group is earning enough to pay school fees and we have improved our diets. You should continue with projects like this – if you educate a woman you educate the whole community. Having seen how other people have volunteered their time and support makes me want to do the same. I will now look for opportunities to train others.
Helping people like Caroline takes more than tools and goodwill, it costs money too. Money to send the tools and pay for the training. That’s where I’d like to ask for your help.
Tanzania is a huge country and there is still work to do. Each year we want to support 240 people living in six regions of Tanzania with vocational training, business skills, and start-up tool kits. These 240 people will train other group members, and help their families. In all we will be touching the lives of 7,200 people. And what does all this cost? Just £60,000 will pay for the vocational and business training, and pay for two containers with 240 tool kits (averaging £800 each if bought new) plus the costs of collecting and refurbishing those tools. It works out at about £250 to train and equip an artisan group. Not much to change lives!
Our Tanzania 1000 Club is made up of 1,000 people who have each committed to give at least £5 a month by standing order. Just £5 to help change a life! In return you will hear from us how your donations are helping other people like Caroline Ngoty.
Joining Tanzania 1000 couldn’t be simpler. There are just two simple steps.
- 1. Click on ‘Join Tanzania 1000’ below and make your monthly donation.
- 2. Type ‘Tanzania 1000’ in the message box at the prompt .
I will make sure your money is well spent – I’m one of the 1,000!
CEO for Tools for Self Reliance