bicycles

A Bike Shop in Ghana

Summer 2011 InGear This bike shop, located in Koforidua, Ghana, supplies employment for two mechanics and services this community with bike sales and repair facilities. It is one of the many small bike shops supplied by our Ghanaian partner WEBikes. WEBikes distributes P4P bikes to many small entrepreneurs throughout the southern and eastern parts of Ghana. WEBikes has more...

Albanian Program Is a Success

by Nina Këruti Summer 2011 InGear This spring we are beginning shipments with PASS/Albania #2. We are so pleased for the success of the program in Tirana. PASS received one container of bikes from Pedals for Progress in July 2010. PASS had two goals for the bikes: Creation of job opportunities for Roma Families through bike service. Establishment of the more...

Pedals for Progress and the Dariu Foundation in Vietnam

Pedals for Progress and the Dariu Foundation (based in Switzerland) are please to announce that we have received importation permits from the Government of Vietnam.  P4P is now planning on sending our first shipment of bicycles to Ho Chi Minh City by late April, 2011. The Dariu Foundation will start distribution first in southwestern Vietnam in the Vinh Long Province more...

Documentary to Feature Pedals for Progress

We’re excited to announce that Pedals for Progress will be highlighted in a feature-length documentary film directed by Greg Sucharew. The Bicycle City follows the lives of several Nicaraguan families who have received P4P bikes to tell the story of a city that is working to raise itself up from the poverty of its stagnant colonial past and the scarring of a ruinous more...

Connecticut Checks In

by Jackie Johnson Spring 2011 InGear [caption id="attachment_2878" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jackie Johnson with collection crew[/caption] 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 more...

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...

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...