Browsing Posts of Author

Letter from Angel Escobar: from Student to Teacher to Business Owner

Fall 2006 InGear We recently received a letter from Angel describing his experience with our El Salvadoran partner CESTA. For more information on CESTA's bicycle program, click more...

A Year-long Sewing Course Leads to a Career

Fall 2006 InGear Lourdes Santiso Salizar took a sewing course at FIDESMA seven years ago. She took the year-long course due to lack of other employment opportunities. After she finished the course at FIDESMA, her parents helped her buy an industrial sewing machine and gave her a workshop space in their home. Today Lourdes runs a successful clothing business in more...

Santos Bar Balan — Mountain Bike Owner

Fall 2006 InGear Every day Santos uses his bicycle to travel the one-and-a-half kilometers from his house to his job at the local brick factory on the outskirts of San Antonio, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Before he owned his bicycle, Santos had to walk to work as well as to his other activities. Now he moves easily from place to place without wasting time. He leaves more...

Letter from Uganda

Fall 2005 InGear This spring Pedals for Progress sent its second shipment to the Biikira health center in Uganda. Mulamata Charles recently sent us photographs of their projects. This work is possible due to the bicycle Mr. Kiibi, the health promoter, purchased through the health center.   Dear David, These are some of the pictures I was able to send more...

Rotary Homes of Hope Making a Difference in Ecuador

Fall 2005 InGear Among its latest efforts to assist some of those among the poorest in Ecuador, the Rotary Homes of Hope Project will ship a container of goods to the village of San Pablo, Ecuador. Included in the shipment will be 50 bicycles and 10 sewing machines supplied by Pedals for Progress. The District 7510 of Rotary International Homes of Hope Project began more...

Pablo Urbina, Nicaragua

Fall 2005 InGear Pablo Urbina is a clothes salesman in Jinotepe, Carazo, Nicaragua, who uses his bicycle as a store. Before he bought his bicycle from EcoTec he had to rely on public transportation to go from village to village selling his goods. Now he saves money and can work on his own schedule by using his more...

Mario Artola, Nicaragua

Fall 2005 InGear Mario Artola bought his bike from EcoTec 2 years ago. He is an agricultural engineer in Jinotepe, Carazo, Nicaragua, and has to travel 12km daily to his work site. When Mario uses his bike instead of taking the bus he saves 12 Cordabas daily, which translates into 360 Cordobas a month. He has also referred his 12 employees to EcoTec where they have more...

Teaching Sewing in Nicaragua

Spring 2005 InGear Pedals for Progress is a non-profit corporation devoted to global economic development. It has strived to improve economic prosperity in developing communities through a simple, yet challenging, bicycle collection, shipping, and distribution process. Our organization, however, is much more than biking enthusiasts trying to help others. Over the years more...

Uganda

Spring 2005 InGear The most remote places on Planet Earth are very often the poorest because it is so very difficult for products and materials to reach such distant locations. This remoteness usually causes bicycle container shipping costs to be quite exorbitant, and, for example, shipping bicycles to the very center of the African continent is two times more more...

Ellsworth, Kansas, Correctional Facility

Pedals for Progress has become a valued partner with the Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) located in Ellsworth Kansas. The goals of P4P have become personal for many of the men who work in the bicycle shop at ECF. One of the men, Scott Blanchat, has taken a very personal role with renovation of bicycles by involving his grandfather Bobby Claborn, who has more...