Tool shipment to Sierra Leone

January 2020

Ten Bicycles, two industrial Singer sewing machines and the new flat-pack treadle bases are included in the 2,117 tools and sewing machines which have begun their journey to Sierra Leone.  

354 trainees, will be equipped with your donated tools to establish their first business, either in groups or individually.

The ten bicycles and six child seats were very kindly donated by Mark Hill and will be given to trainees who live far from their training centre, to save them time and money to get to their training.


Trainees at their practical tailoring class at BWU’s Bolima centre in Waterloo

Within the last month 100 women in Waterloo have begun their tailoring training with our partner Baptist Women’s union as part of the ‘Wealth, Health and Well-being project’.  This project has been very generously supported with a grant from The Turing Foundation and will train 200 people across two years.



These young women will improve their employability and earning capacity, making their households more resilient. With an increase in their income they can afford to pay for essential costs such as food, housing, medical care, and school fees

Samuel trained in motorcycle and bicycle repair with MSL


60 young people training with partners, Mobility Sierra Leone and Educational Centre for the Blind and Visually (ECBVI) will begin their training in welding, tailoring & carpentry with ECBVI, and carpentry, metal work, and motorbike repairs with MSL at the end of the year.

20 participants will also be involved in delivering outreach activities to four local primary schools challenging stigma against people with disabilities.

The project will work with the community and host meetings, mega phone drives and radio panel interviews to start discussions on the stigma faced by people with disabilities in Grafton.


Did you know this year marks 40 years of Tools for Self Reliance empowering people to work themselves out of poverty?

Check out the many events we are attending and hosting throughout the year.

Find out more about how skills and tools change lives, here.

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