P4P News

2016 Annual Report

The P4P / Sewing Peace 2016 Annual Report gives information on our accomplishments, our financial situation, and our plans for the future. It's also a chance for us to acknowledge all our supporters: companies and individuals who make donations, overseas partners, and groups in the U.S. who help with the collections. Click here to read the report.

Ethiopia #1

Dave, Gary, and Robert just packed up 72 portable sewing machines for our first shipment to Ethiopia.

Click here to read the story.

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Fall Newsletters

2016 Fall InStitch

For the first time, we have two Fall newsletters.

InGear remains our primary publication for bicycle news. Click here for the Fall 2016 InGear newsletter.

And now our sewing machine organization, Sewing Peace, has its own newsletter, InStitch. Click here for the Fall 2016 InStitch newsletter.

Treadle Sewing Machines

Dave and Robert processing treadle machinesWe picked a warm day in February to visit the trailers and get some treadle sewing machines ready for shipping. Click here for the story.

Our Approach

Every year, affluent Americans buy 18 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools.

Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 148,000 bicycles, 3,400 used sewing machines, and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 38 developing countries. Pedals for Progress isn't just donating used bicycles: It's also helping developing world economies by promoting self-sustaining bicycle repair businesses.


October 1st, 2016, is the first day of P4P's 2017 fiscal year. Click here for a progress report on our shipments of bikes and sewing machines for 2015 and 2016.

After several years of smaller collections, P4P in 2016 finally saw an uptick in the number of bikes we collected. Sewing machine collections are up even more.

Need a special date? Now booking collections for Spring 2017.
Email lori@p4p.org or
call 908-638-4811

UpComing Collections

Sat 4/1/17 11am-2pm
Sponsored by Long Island Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
w/The Ethical Humanist Society
at 38 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY 11530
contact Bette Bass (516) 606-1400
Kathy Williams-Ging (631) 549-4873

Sun 4/2/17 9am-12pm
Sponsored by Temple B’nai Abraham
at Temple B’nai Abraham
300 East Northfield Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
call (973) 994-2290

Contact Lori to Schedule Your Spring 2017 Collection:

Tinkerer Wanted!