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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...

Pedals for Progress and School-based Community Service

by Kelli McMahon Spring 2012 InGear As a middle-school teacher, helping twelve- and thirteen-year-olds understand the importance of giving back to their community and their world is just as important as teaching them how to infer meaning from a text, how to organize their writing, or how to solve for x. I am lucky enough to work in a building where community service more...

Keep on Collecting: 2011 Pedal Wrench of the Year Award Shows Us How To Stay Involved

by Patricia Hamill Spring 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2856" align="alignleft" width="241"] Liz Sweedy: 2011 Pedal Wrench of the Year Award[/caption] The philanthropic spirit descends upon most of us in various ways and at differing frequencies throughout the year. We may tire of the interruptions of our favorite radio programs and figure our $5 will get the more...

Pedals for Progress Now in Vietnam

Most recently, P4P’s readers have been kept abreast of our endeavors in locations such as Albania, Moldova, Uganda, and Ghana. We are now extremely pleased to announce that a new partner has joined P4P. Located in southwestern Vietnam, the Vinh Long Union of Friendship Organizations (VLUFO) collaborates with us to provide bicycles to the children in the Mekong Delta more...

A Bike Shop in Ghana

Summer 2011 InGear This bike shop, located in Koforidua, Ghana, supplies employment for two mechanics and services this community with bike sales and repair facilities. It is one of the many small bike shops supplied by our Ghanaian partner WEBikes. WEBikes distributes P4P bikes to many small entrepreneurs throughout the southern and eastern parts of Ghana. WEBikes has more...

Albanian Program Is a Success

by Nina Këruti Summer 2011 InGear This spring we are beginning shipments with PASS/Albania #2. We are so pleased for the success of the program in Tirana. PASS received one container of bikes from Pedals for Progress in July 2010. PASS had two goals for the bikes: Creation of job opportunities for Roma Families through bike service. Establishment of the more...