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Uganda 2017: Shipment 6, New Partner

On 12 April 2017 we made our sixth shipment to Uganda, our first since 2011. Our new partner there is the Mityana Open Troop Foundation. The 73 sewing machines that Dave and Robert packed are scheduled to arrive in Uganda on June 13th. Here is the Mityana grant proposal for a program to provide sewing machines for new businesses and more...

Albania Update, March, 2017

Dear David, I wish you and your organization the best. We have been engaged in several important campaigns. After four years, supported by money we earned by selling shopping bags we made with P4P sewing machines, we won an important battle against plastic garbage. YES! Now even people in Albania are paying a modest fee for plastic bags. This has created an even more...

Ethiopia

Partner: Solar Energy Foundation 72 sewing machines shipped since more...

Ethiopia Shipment Number 1, March 2017

Depending on our inventory and funding, Pedals for Progress / Sewing Peace is always looking for new partners. A good place to look is at the Convention of Laureates of the European Environment Foundation (EEF) in Freiburg, Germany. As an EEF Laureate, Dave attended the 2nd International Convention of Environmental Laureates in 2013. It was there that Dave met Samson more...

Shipping Treadle Machines for Sewing Peace

Pedals for Progress has shipped sewing machines since 1999. In 2015 we created the Sewing Peace brand as a way to carry on our sewing machine activities separately from our bicycle activities. Publicizing sewing machine collections separately can be more effective than always making them part of our bike collections. And shipping sewing machines separately can be more more...

New Partner in Tanzania: Tanzania Women and Youth Development Society

Fall 2016 InStitch Pedals for Progress has a new partner in Tanzania: the Tanzania Women and Youth Development Society (TWYDS). The foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1994 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, West Africa. TWYDS has programs in education, health, business, agriculture, natural resources, and policy advocacy. In June 2016, more...

Vietnam Update, Fall 2016

Working with the Dariu Foundation of Switzerland, Pedals for Progress shipped two containers to Vietnam in 2011 and 2012, totaling 1135 bicycles. The bicycles were distributed by the Vinh Long Union of Friendship Organization in the upper Mekong Delta. Vietnam has very strict import laws and we had not been able to get permission to bring in bikes since 2012. We were more...

The Bike Academy in Tirana, Albania

Fall 2016 InGear We’ve been providing free cycling classes for the past two years, where many young people come to learn how to ride a bike. We notice more and more young people come each week. And riders improve as the weeks go by. Each week we are inspired to persist in changing our daily lives and the traffic of Tirana. We’re glad to inform you that we’ve more...

Fall 2016: Tanzania Number 4

Dave and Gary packed 75 sewing machines into a cube, now bound for more...

Fall 2016: Sewing Machines in Vermont

Mary 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 more...