bicycles

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...

Guatemala Success Stories

Brenda Griselda Carranza 30-year-old Brenda Griselda Carranza Pérez lives in a small village in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Working as a seamstress sewing by hand, she was barely making enough to live. FIDESMA, our partner in Guatemala, imported 41 sewing machines from Pedals for Progress in the last three years. Brenda considers herself extremely lucky that she was more...

CESTA: P4P Partner in El Salvador

24,457 bikes (1995–2012) and 536 sewing machines (2000–2012) shipped CESTA stands for the Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology. CESTA was founded in 1980 by a group of Professors from the University of El Salvador as a professional organization to promote forms of technology appropriate to the social and environmental conditions of El Salvador. Now more...

Regaining a Feeling of Freedom

2004 InGear For six years, Reinel Oviedo sat in a Colombian prison at the foot of the Andean Mountains, about 90 miles west of the capital of Bogota, losing hope and gaining weight. Thanks to Pedals for Progress, however, Reinel is increasingly free to spend part of his day on two wheels, away from the jail’s intensely close confines, earning money for the day when more...

Pedals for Progress in Ghana

2004 InGear Since January 1st, 2000, Pedals for Progress has shipped 4,903 bicycles to five separate partners in Ghana. Although there are many bicycles in Ghana already (and new bicycles are generally available), the cost of a new or locally resold bicycle is well beyond the economic reach of many Ghanaians. Thus, the ability to import used bicycles from us allows our more...

High Productivity and Professional Quality from Ellsworth, Kansas

by Sam Cline, Warden Summer 2004 InGear The Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF), located in north central Kansas, houses 830 medium-security inmates. Dedicated in 1988, the ECF is located on 60 acres of ground on the northwest corner of the City of Ellsworth, Kansas. In 2001, a bicycle program was created at ECF, where donated bicycles are refurbished by inmates more...

EcoBici Program Anticipates 2000 Bikes per Year

Summer 2004 InGear As reported in the last issue of InGear, the initial shipment of bicycles to EcoBici in Rivas, Nicaragua, was funded by the Claerbout Family in memory of their late son, Jos, an avid cyclist with a passionate interest in Latin American development and social justice. Ecobici’s inaugural shipment arrived on April 29, 2003, and became the foundation more...

An Out-Spokin’ Individual

Summer 2004 InGear Frankie Hinds, the 31-year-old lead bike mechanic for the Pinelands Creative Workshop, was a late comer to the Pinelands bike project, but it would appear that he was destined for it from early childhood. Frankie has been a resident of the Pinelands, a low-income area in Barbados, since age 6. Inspired by a cycling uncle, Frankie took early to more...

Pedals for Progress in Ghana

Spring 2004 InGear Since January 1st, 2000, Pedals for Progress has shipped 4,903 bicycles to five separate partners in Ghana. Although there are many bicycles in Ghana already (and new bicycles are generally available), the cost of a new or locally resold bicycle is well beyond the economic reach of many Ghanaians. Thus, the ability to import used bicycles from us more...