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On a Bicycle Built for Two

by Patricia Hamill Winter 2012 InGear While many of our readers have seen some fun and funky bikes being ridden by their happy new owners, we thought it was interesting to include this photo of a model that we don’t often see around our own towns. Well, yes, if you live by the seaside, it may not be such a novelty, but tandem bikes are not the norm for certain. This more...

Cycling Cowboys

by Patricia Hamill Winter 2012 InGear When asked to think about ranches and cowboys, many Americans picture John Wayne charging after rustlers or even James Stewart riding easily along, bell gently ringing as it swings from his saddle horn. Some think about modern ranchers using helicopters to move the herds and blocking off watering holes to force the animals (and more...

Chris Van Dine in Guatemala

Winter 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2809" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jenna Lollis and Chris Van Dine in Guatemala[/caption] Chris Van Dine is a first-generation professional racer who grew up living the mountain bike lifestyle from its beginnings. At an early age, Chris developed a taste for speed and won his first mountain bike race when he was eight. more...

Spotlight: FIDESMA

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear FIDESMA has established facilities in San Andrés Itzapa from which it implements its programs in all of the surrounding communities. Established in 1998, the foundation has a very clear mission: to promote the sustainable development of families and communities by initiating or supporting programs and projects in the areas of more...

A Partner Comes to Hunterdon County

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear The night of April 20th, 2012, was an especially inspiring evening for P4P. Gathering in the intimate space of the Hunterdon Medical Center auditorium, we sponsored two wonderful presentations. The night was dedicated to a talk by Señora Maria Margarita Caté de Catú, founder of FIDESMA (Foundation for the Environment and more...

FIDESMA: Microcredit and Sustainable Agricultural Practices

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2503" align="alignleft" width="300"] Coffee processing plant[/caption] FIDESMA’s ability to offer microcredit is directly connected to its participation with P4P. If not for the bicycles and sewing machines they sell, FIDESMA would not be able to offer the loans so needed by local farmers in order to more...

Stovetop Shampoo in Guatemala: New Production of an Ancient “Must Have”

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2490" align="alignleft" width="239"] Scraping the aloe plant for the shampoo[/caption] Although P4P is not currently planning on adding stoves to its repertoire of collections and shipments, we felt that it was important to highlight how organizations like FIDESMA search out every option available to more...

Mujeres Maya, Guatemala

Mujeres Maya (Mayan Women) Kaqchiqoel of Santa Caterina de Barahona is a cooperative weaving business whose members create amazing hand weavings by using the traditional weaving techniques handed down to them by their grandmothers. The Mujeres Maya received a micro-loan from our partner FIDESMA in Guatemala to start their business. Today they have a stall in the major more...

Pedals Unites Generations, Church, and Town

by Rev. Chris Vande Bunte, Colts Neck Reformed Church, Colts Neck, NJ Spring 2012 InGear People begin asking about it usually a month or two after we’ve just done it. Calls come in from our town and surrounding towns, “Are you that church...?” Participants begin strategizing weeks and months ahead about how things could run more smoothly, how we could inform more...

Service Above Self

By Dr Jerry Agasar, Committee Chair of the Newtown Rotary club Spring 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_523" align="alignleft" width="300"] The 2010 Newtown Rotary Club Collection[/caption] What a great marriage Pedals for Progress (P4P) and the Newtown Rotary Club has been. Our relationship started back in 2003 when the club was looking to do more service more...