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Machines arrive in Kiabakari
Mike Laiser
Talking tailors
Training the Fundis
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Sewing machines arrive in Kiabakari
Smiling faces on the women in Kiabakari when they received the machines they had asked for six months before.  These women had already received training in using and maintaining their machines.  Due to the conditions here and their constant use, the machines can suffer from a variety of problems.
In August we sent Joseph Onduto from the village for specialist training in Mwanza, to learn advanced machine maintenance. He is now on hand in Kiabakari to sort out any problems.  This is all part of our "Supporting Village Clusters" programme which is ongoing in Lake Zone, Tanzania.

Mike Laiser visits Wales on our 33rd Birthday


Kirsty Williams, our Welsh Assembly member with Mike Laiser and trustee Ian Jones
Mike made a flying visit to Wales to join us in celebrating 33 years of sending tools from Crickhowell. He is the retired Director General of SIDO, our main partner in Tanzania, and has been a patron for three years now. This was his first time to see our workshop and meet trustees and volunteers. He has proved to be an invaluable contact in Dar es Salaam, and we thank him for all the work he has done, and will do for us in the future. 
A long summer selling tools, and talking "Tanzanian Tailors"





At this summer's events, we focussed on our support for women's tailors groups in Tanzania.   A treadle sewing machine attracted plenty of interest, and gave us the opportunity to explain to the public the benefits of providing 140 fully refurbished machines, and training to about 50 tailors groups each year.
Training the Fundis
Athenus (right) showing Joseph Onduto and Dismas John the finer points of an embroidery machine, at the Mwanza Sewing and Training Centre. We funded three weeks training for 3 fundis, so they will be able to maintain machines in the Cluster villages of Kiabakari and Namagondo.  Sending the machines is only part of the story. We want them to remain in good working order for many years to come, providing a livelihood for many families.

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Just think what that kit of tools or a sewing machine would mean
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                               Joseph Elias is a disabled repairer of radios
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