Simple tools cost money and make all the difference between being able to undertake a project or not. If you have no hammer, no screwdriver, no ladder, no saw then even the simplest of jobs or home repairs become hard or impossible. By lending people tools we enable families to carry out simple repairs to their roofs, and their homes.
If you are a parent with 6 children living in a mud house and the closest water pump is 500 meters away then doing laundry by hand to keep your family clean (especially in the winter when you dont have enough firewood to heat the water) becomes a major challenge. Families in the laundry program can borrow a top-loading washing machine. Like borrowing a library book. The machines weigh around 12 kilos and so can be carried easily by two people.