When a bunch of people decided to make a one-off collection of tools for One World Week back in October 1983, little did they imagine that they would be still here 30 years later! It’s a one off operation – there’s nothing else quite like it in Wales and despite its global reach the charity is still very community focused.
Based in the courtyard of Upper House Farm, TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE CYMRU collect old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines, from all over the UK. They clean repair and sharpen them, and send tool kits to grass roots community groups in several African countries. At present TFSR Cymru concentrates its efforts on Tanzania.
In the past 31 years they have sent over 600 tool kits (each valued at over £1,500) to craftsmen and women in rural communities of Africa. Tools mean work, and the chance to shape the future is just as important to a young person in Tanzania or Ghana as in Britain.
The gardening tools that aren’t sent are sold from their workshop in Crickhowell to meet shipping costs. As we all know, old tools were made much better than new ones and the shop is a fascinating place with many weird and wonderful tools.
Opening Times for Sale of Tools, and Dropping off Tools:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 2 pm
Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Workshop, Upper House Farm, Standard St, Crickhowell.