Tool Lending Library

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Tool Lending Library

Anacla/Bamfield, CanadaBamfield, Canada
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Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

To Create a Tool Lending Library to empower the Huu-ay-aht and Bamfield Citizens to take pride in ownership and maintain thier homes and community.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Our First Nation is a self-governing nation under the Maa-nulth Treaty. Our community is a semi-remote community 75 kms from Port Alberni. We have limited access to any services. Contractors are very expensive. We have established laws for housing regulation. Many residence have opted to lease thier own homes. The main goal of our innovation for change is to empower people to take pride and ownership in thier homes and community. We would like to develop a tool lending library where citizens can borrow the equipment they need to maintain thier homes. We would like to provide workshops and safety lessons so that people gain skills and knowledge to operate the equipment safely. People would gain capacity to maintain and renovate thier existing buildings and yards.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We want to purchase an Interstate contained trailer, tools (hand and power), yard tools, a computer, and small consumables like screws and nails. We would create a community board to manage the inventory. We would employ one person part time to be the person responsible for maintenance, replacing, lending and recieving back, and facilitating workshops. This traveling tool library can help because many people lack not only the skills but the equipment to do the work properly and safely.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A homeonwer would be able to fix up outside of their home to make it asthetically appealing and safe! Let's begin with the stairs that lead to their front door. The homeowner can borrow hammers, skill saw, levels and nails to work on the stairs. Replacing rotten wood and adding a hand rail. They would be able to borrow paint materials to help keep the stairs in good shape longer. The homeowner could then borrow a lawn mower, weed eater, wheel barrow and rake. They could use the equipment to tidy up and maintain thier yard. This provides the homeowner with pride in ownership of their home. It helps the community spirit and encourages families to work together.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are no significant competitiors in our community. There is a small hardware store who would benefit from this project because people would need to buy supplies for their renovations. There are no contractors available in Bamfield or Anacla. The nearest supplier of these services is Port Alberni which is 75 kms away via logging road.

Founding Story

We were thinking about innovative ways to help people take responsibility for their homes. I was serching the internet and found the Vancouver Tool Lending Library ( and thought "What a GREAT idea!! This idea could change our communities and empower people to get out, get active and improve their community!
About You
Huu-ay-aht First nation
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Huu-ay-aht First nation

Organization Country

, BC, Bamfield

Country where this solution is creating social impact

, BC, Anacla/Bamfield

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver Island.

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

Our goal is to empower, educate and facilitate a healthier community through encouragement of pride of ownership and community. Independence and learning are promoted.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Our community is excited about the idea and many people see the potential for positive impacts.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

We expect to see a beautiful community in the remote West Coast to be cared for, loved and promoted.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Barriers are obtaining a skilled facilitator to coordinate the project. We may need to help this person become an enterprenuer to start a renovation and repair business to enable them to sustain an adequate level of income. This may also benefit those citizens who have difficulty working on thier own homes (elderly, disabled, young moms). We will support the facilitator to engage in any activities that benefit the community.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Tool Library stocked and at least one workshop facilitated

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Hire Coordinator

Task 2

Puchase Trailer and tools

Task 3

Organize community board and workshops

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

People will have cleaner, safer yards! Our community will be happier and healthier!

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Facilitation of at least 6 workshops

Task 2

Demonstration of safe tool practices

Task 3

Community work bees to help those who need it

Tell us about your partnerships

We will partner with the Bamfield community and the local hardware supplier to see success and to benefit a larger community.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

We are a successful self-governing First Nation. We have high degree of ethics and have strong policies and laws. We also employ best practices with regards to financial management practices.

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