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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...

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...

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...

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...

Turning Waste into Opportunities

by Liz Sweedy Fall 2016 InGear The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) has hosted a used bike and sewing machine collection for 14 consecutive years since 2003. The Pedals for Progress collection program aligns with the MCMUA’s overall vision to reduce waste, reuse items, and build a culture for sustainability. In those 14 years, the MCMUA has more...

A Guatemala Success Story

Fall 2016 InGear We regularly feature stories of our partners’ customers whose lives have been improved by a bicycle. Here’s a different kind of story: the story of a former employee of our good friends at FIDESMA, our partner in Guatemala, who hired a hard-working young man five years ago and supported him in a series of jobs of ever greater responsibility. Byron more...

Letter from Albania, October 2016

Dear David, I hope all is well with you. Winter is on the verge in Albania as the first snow has fallen on the Dajti Mountain in Tirana. We’ve worked very hard during the summer at the camp in Jal with lots of young and energetic people. We’ve come back to Tirana full of energy, dreams and plans, as we are recognized for our leadership in improving the life of more...

Progress Report for End of Fiscal Year 2016

On 30 September 2016 we drew the curtain on our activities for fiscal year 2016. (The P4P fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th.) In 2016 P4P collected 36 more bicycles then we did the previous year. And as for sewing machines we had an almost 13% increase in machines collected. (On 9/30/14, the end of fiscal year 2014, we more...

May 2016: Shipment 9 to Albania

On 28 May 2016 we loaded our ninth shipment to Albania: 520 bikes and 20 sewing machines. This makes 4,422 bikes and 175 sewing machines we've sent to more...