The Gift of Mobility

Millions of people in this world are in desperate need of mobility because of landmines, polio and other diseases, birth defects, and amputations.  It is a life-changing event to go from dragging oneself in the dirt and mud to having three wheels to go wherever one wants to go!   An amazing group of volunteers called PET, short for Personal Energy Transportation, can turn a $250 donation into a no-cost Gift of Mobility to the recipient. Watch this news story, filmed just a few miles down the road from us.

At the local PET IA-Leighton affiliate, the sturdy steel frame construction is partially constructed using a Dake Coldsaw, Femi Bandsaw and Multitool Grinder. The PET is a wheelchair that goes where wheelchairs can’t go! To date more than 30,000 PETs have been distributed in over 90 countries and production from PET affiliates all over the country continues to grow.

We applaud the excellent work and generosity of our local PET! For additional info see these links:

WisdomStoves.org : Trick Tools Interview with the Founder

At trick tools we pride ourselves on providing quality tools for anyone that needs them. It is always a pleasure to provide the tools but in certain instances it makes us just a bit more proud to know our tools are being used to improve the quality of lives for those that need it most.

wisdom stoves improving the lives of kenyans

Nathan Puffer founded WisdomStoves.org as a Vermont based non-profit committed to providing the people of Kenya with improved indoor air quality, financial stability and an improved quality of life through the distribution of wood gasification cook stoves. Gasification is the process of extracting and burning gases from wood, eliminating smoke and providing the user with a very safe and improved fire, versus the traditional three stone fire.

Traditionally, Kenyan women cook on an open three stone fire located on the dirt floor of their homes, which range from mud huts to less common homes built of hand split stones. These fires are built when there is a need to cook, typically twice a day and then extinguished when the cooking is complete. The women must endure the continuous smoke within the interior of the home, often affecting the young children in the home as well. Another option for cooking is the traditional jiko, which is a small charcoal burning stove made of steel with a clay insert. The Kenyan families purchase this fuel at 50 cents per day which is roughly 25% of the average daily income. Wisdom Stoves offers an economical alternative that is much safer and burns cleaner.

Trick Tools in use in Kenya

Trick Tools in use in Kenya

We recently had the opportunity to interview Nathan Puffer and this is what he had to say.

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