pence in every £1 we spend is invested in sustainable livelihoods projects. 12p is spent on essential support costs and raising the next £1
volunteers help us with collecting and refurbishing tools, fundraising and raising awareness about our work
tools were shipped last year
We run vocational training projects which provide people with the skills they need to set up their own business. We also equip them with a toolkit to get them started. As well as technical training in trades such as carpentry, welding, and bricklaying, we also provide training in business and financial management. We believe that this approach gives people the best chance of success.
“I can find money for my family’s needs and feel like a respected member of the community.”
Robert Nyirenda, Malawi
On average, 85% of people who join a training course with Tools for Self Reliance are running a business and have increased their income six months after completion. With the additional income from their own enterprises, trainees can buy more food of a better quality, improve their living conditions, educate their children, and access medical care.
Small and micro enterprises are critical to reducing inequality and improving life chances for people in some of the poorest countries in the world. Vocational training and small scale enterprises are identified in the Sustainable Development Goals as crucial activities for achieving change, and Tools for Self Reliance plays an important part in livelihood development in Africa.
“I am in control of my life.”
Mercy Mzinga, Malawi
I feel strengthened by the machines and the training.
Mbinga Tailoring Group, Tanzania