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Podcast featuring Dave

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Click here for an introduction and links to a 70-minute podcast featuring P4P founder and CEO Dave Schweidenback telling all sorts of great P4P stories: history, philosophy, the economics of development and non-profits, the introduction of the wheel, corrupt customs officials, and lots more.

The podcast was recorded and published by Shin Fujiyama. For more information on Shin and more background on the podcast, click here.


Shipment 57 to Rivas!

On 9 July 2016 we loaded our 57th container for Rivas, Nicaragua, where we have sent more than 25,000 bikes since 1991. For the country as a whole, we've sent more than 42,000 bikes to Nicaragua, by far the most we've sent to a partner country.

First Sewing Machines to Kenya

On 12 September 2016 we shipped 34 sewing machines to Cherehani Africa, our new partner in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Sewing Machines in Vermont

2016 Sep Sewing Machine collection in VTMary O'Brien and Ham Gillette with 30 of the 43 machines collected at the Springfield, VT, transfer station. We will be boxing them up in advance of the September 24th collection by the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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 147,000 bicycles, 3,300 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.

2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

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UpComing Collections

Sat 10/1/16 9am-12pm
Sponsored by Westfield Rotary Club
@Board of Education Building
Walnut & Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Contact Warren Rorden (908) 232-6807

Sat 10/1/16 9am-12pm
Sponsored by Blooming Glen Mennonite Church Youth Group
at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church
713 Blooming Glen Road
Blooming Glen, PA 18911
Contact Mike Ford, Youth Pastor
(215) 257-3431

Sat 10/1/16 12-3pm
Sponsored by Saint Joseph Church
@ parking lot of Saint Joseph Church
115 East Fort Lee Road
Bogota, NJ 07603
Contact Charles J. Sutter, Jr. (201) 646-0890

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