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A Recipe for Collecting Bikes in Northern Vermont

by Joanne Heidkamp Spring 2011 InGear The relationship between the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (GMRPCV) and Pedals for Progress began in the summer of 1999, when David Schweidenback approached us for a donation to P4P. We donated $100 and also decided to hold Vermont’s first P4P bicycle collection. That first year we collected 88 bikes and drove more...

Sowing Peace by Sewing Prosperity

Spring 2011 InGear P4P’s long practice of supplementing our bicycle shipments with sewing machines has been a great success. Where we ship, little opportunity exists for people to find the employment that will enable them to earn a living wage. So sewing machines are a great way for us to make a difference—they are simple to operate and easy to maintain. With more...

A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed

by Constantin Bandiu Fall 2010 InGear Pelinia is one of the largest villages in northern Moldova, with a population of over eight thousand. The main occupation for villagers is farming, which keeps most residents busy all year round. Consult-Nord was founded in 2005, with the agreement of Pelinia’s citizens, to be a voluntary, independent, self-administrated, more...

P4P in Ghana: WEBike, OKURASE, Sew for Sisterhood

WEBike For Pedals for Progress to get our bicycles to the smallest towns at the end of the road where the need for them is greatest, we need to find a local partner organization that has robust distribution potential. While most of our overseas partners are nonprofits, in a few instances we have chosen to work with effective for-profit organizations. Wright Enterprises more...

Letter from Happy Customers in Rivas, Nicaragua

  Dear P4P, I just wanted to take a moment and share with you our experience and say thanks for Pedals 4 Progress. For much of 2007 and nearly all of 2008 my wife and I served as volunteer missionaries (in other words we paid all of our own expenses) in the vicinity of Rivas, Nicaragua. We were on a tight budget and very quickly we found ourselves in more...

EcoBicicletas: P4P Partner in Nicaragua

EcoBicicletas ("EcoBici") is our partner in Nicaragua. EcoBicicletas is located in Rivas, Nicaragua, in the southwestern part of the country between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua. Rivas, where we've shipped since 1992, is the oldest of our active programs, and we have sent more bikes to Nicaragua—more than 42,000—than to any other location. EcoBici more...

EIT: P4P Partner in Uganda

[As of Summer 2017, the P4P partner in Uganda is the Mityana Open Troop Foundation. The information below refers to our previous partner, the Entrepreneurship Institute of Technology.] Based in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, the Entrepreneurship Institute of Technology (EIT) is a vocational institute which serves men and women who, for many reasons, could not more...

A Letter from the Heartland

by Tim Weitzel Fall 2010 InGear [caption id="attachment_2567" align="alignleft" width="300"] Spring 2010 collection in Dubuque[/caption] Hello to everyone from the Heartland of America—Dubuque, Iowa to be exact. Dubuque is an old river town of about 62,000 people situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. I suppose many of you would think of Iowa as flat as more...

Letter from Dolinta Mihaela, Moldova

Fall 2010 InGear Dear Pedals for Progress, The Milesian philosopher Thales said that one of the very difficult things for men was “to know oneself.” But I also think it’s one of the most rewarding. We discover new sides of our personalities trying new things and learning new skills. These experiences help us look forward to new goals. That’s why it’s more...

Letter from Pripa Elena, Moldova

Fall 2010 InGear Dear Pedals for Progress, I am a 15-year-old girl from Pelinia, Moldova, and trying to choose the way of my future. Frankly speaking, I was confused and didn’t know where to continue my studies. But now, after attending the “Art of Sewing” courses organized in our village by Consult-Nord, I know for sure that I will be a dressmaker. These more...