InGear – The Newsletter of P4P

Pedals for Progress Bike 150,000

Fall 2017 InGear The Summer 2017 InGear newsletter has a partial report on bike number 150,000. The report was partial because at publication time we had collected, packed, and shipped the bike, but it did not yet have an owner. Now that it does, we want to tell the whole story in one place. Collected on Long Island On April 1, 2017, the Long Island Returned Peace more...

President’s Message, Fall 2017

By Dave Schweidenback Due to a confluence of events, both bicycle production and sewing machine production were sharply higher in 2017. An improving economy certainly means more bicycle sales and therefore more bicycles to recycle. P4P had a 12% increase in the production of bicycles; that means we were able to reach 12% more people. Pedals for Progress is such a more...

The Vendor

Summer 2017 InGear Kwame is a young man around 22 years old and a student at Cape Coast Polytechnic in Ghana. Kwame is into the business of selling Phone Cards at wholesale prices. He does this when he has no lectures to attend. Considering the tough nature of this business, he sells them by either hiring a car or walking. This mode of selling makes the work somehow more...

The Farmer

Summer 2017 InGear One of the most prominent occupations that the world could ever think of is farming. Unfortunately in our part of the world here in Africa, especially Ghana, most young people prefer white collar jobs to farming. This is not in the case of Mr. Seidu, a 40-year-old peasant farmer in Western Ghana. He is married to his wife Abiba and they have three more...

President’s Letter, Summer 2017

Dear Friends of P4P & SP, Welcome to our first digital newsletter! With this format we can bring you much more information because we're not constrained to a set number of pages. We will also save the significant cost of postage, which we can then use for our core mission of collecting and shipping income-generating potential around the world. 150,000 bikes more...

Nicaragua Success Story, 2017

Summer 2017 InGear Alexander Mora was born in Tola, Nicaragua, eight miles west of the town of Rivas, home of our P4P partner EcoBici. Alexander has been interested in bikes since he was 10. From a very young age he learned bike repair from Guadalupe, the former lead mechanic at the Ensembladora de Bicicletas, the EcoBici bike shop. Guadalupe taught Alexander more...

P4P Bike Number 150,000

Summer 2017 InGear In April of 2017 Pedals for Progress collected and shipped its 150,000th bicycle. Dave Schweidenback, our founder and president, tells the story of his initial goal in 1991: ship 12 bicycles to the region of his Peace Corps service in Ecuador. His initial estimate is short, so far, by a factor of 12,500. Our Partners P4P has shipped to 36 countries, more...

The Significance of the Bicycle to the Rural Teacher

Summer 2017 InGear The teacher, as would be widely agreed, plays an invigorating role in the nurture of a human being. It is for this reason that teachers ought to be given apt remuneration and motivation for their services. Teachers in rural areas like the Northern Region of Ghana have particular needs, and bicycles play a vital role in their lives. A teacher more...

Adongo the Bicycle Mechanic

Summer 2017 InGear Adongo is a young energetic man who resides in the Northern Region of Ghana. Life after secondary school was very vexatious. There were not enough funds for Adongo to continue school. Since time obviously waits for no man, he decided to use his time profitably. After much deliberation, he finally resolved to learn a trade. Consequentially, he more...

InGear Fall 2016

1. A Guatemala Success Story 2. Turning Waste into Opportunities 3. The Bike Academy in Tirana, Albania 4. Vietnam Update, Fall more...