In 1979, a handful of activists, disillusioned by their experiences of development projects in Africa and the failure of overseas development assistance to trickle down to the grassroots, took matters into their own hands. They decided that a better way to get help to the needy was to work with local groups in developing countries to relieve poverty amongst the local populace. One of the things people most needed, they discovered, was also one of the most basic: hand tools.

And so they set up an organisation which grew into Tools For Self Reliance (TFSR). It was envisioned as being a practical ...


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