In June, 2019 Tools For Solidarity went on a Field Trip to Tanzania. During the visit we realised that the RASTC centre in Songea, Ruvuma province has made a very successful start.
However, we also found out that there is a huge demand in neighbouring regions for high quality second hand tools for carpentry, blacksmithing, building and furniture making. Consequently we have decided to open a further centre in Njombe, about 4 hours travel from Songea.
Aim of the Project
The project will support and develop programmes to assist the artisan in both rural and urban areas of the Southern Highland Zone. The primary focus will be to support artisans within both Njombe and Songea regions by supplying of tools, sewing machines, machinery, training and back up service support.
The main focus will be on providing the necessary resources and skills for artisans/groups to improve their income generation capacity and to meet the challenges that they face in running small enterprises. The project will target those people within the community who face extra barriers to income generation. These are rural and urban poor, with a focus on women, youth, vocational training centres (VTC) and people with disabilities (PWD).
How are we planning to supply the project
Resources from the project will be allocated over the 2 regions but may also include other regions within the Southern Highland Zone. Over the 2 years period (2020-2021) the NASTC and RASTC will jointly deliver:
- Tools – Over 4000 tools will be supplied by TFS. Just over 10% of the tools will be delivered in the form of starter kits for young people finishing VTC. The remaining tools will be used to support individual artisans or VTCs seeking selected tools or kits of tools.
- Sewing machines – more than 300 sewing and knitting machines. The number of sewing machines allocated to artisan tailors will be 200 with 105 allocated to VTC’s. The allocation to VTCs is vital as the training budget is limited and VTCs do not require skill training.
We will update this page accordingly to the new information we get from both parties. In a meanwhile you can check this page to know our latest news regarding the project. As for now we are happy to see the growth of our projects in Africa, especially when we receive participants’ feedback from trainings.