Sewing Partners

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...

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...

New Partner in Fiji: Rise beyond the Reef

Fall 2016 InStitch In a shipment of bicycles to Fiji sponsored by the Friends of Fiji, Sewing Peace included 20 sewing machines which were donated to Rise beyond the Reef, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization focused on improving the educational infrastructure, health, safety and economic development opportunities for women and children throughout rural communities of more...

15 Years of P4P Collections, An Appreciative Retrospective

by Jackie Johnson, Granby CT Fall 2016 InStitch I wrote an article for the Spring 2011 InGear that began as follows: I was prompted to call Pedals for Progress in September of 2002 after I read a small article in Hope Magazine (long since out of business). The article told the story of Dave Schweidenback launching Pedals for Progress following his experience in the more...

Kyrgyzstan, a land beyond

by David Schweidenback Fall 2016 InStitch In preparing for this newsletter I tried to reach out to a number of programs from a number of years ago trying to get some feedback as to the longevity of the sewing machines we ship. Programs are always excited when they receive a shipment but my goal was to ask how they would feel about it six or eight years later. Did it more...