bicycles

Klodi, a New Bike Owner in Albania

by Ened Mato Fall 2015 InGear Pedaling towards freedom... This is a story about a 7-year-old boy named Klodi. Because of a vendetta initiated by his father and the resulting threats from another family, Klodi has lost his opportunity to go to school and to learn basic mathematics and how to read and write. Klodi is one of 70 similar children who share the same more...

Letter from Fiji

Bula Vinaka, Greetings from Fiji Between 1993 and 2002 we were lucky enough to receive six shipments totaling 1012 bicycles from Pedals for Progress. We were very successful reaching at-risk youth, teaching them basic mechanics and instilling in them a love for cycling. Due to a variety of reasons both personal and political I was not able to keep the program more...

Guatemala Update

Spring 2015 InGear San Jose Artesanas There is a small town in Cimaltenango, a department of Guatemala, where a group of 17 housewives and mothers have changed their fortunes. San José Poaquil is an isolated area and the residents of this municipality have little opportunity for economic and educational improvement. Still, one particular woman named Marta had the more...

Frontier Tourism in Moldova

by Alex Gutsaga Spring 2015 InGear Did you know that the #1 wine country in the world is still unknown? Imagine a friendly country, where everyone is eating fresh organic food, drinking clean domestic wine from grapes they have grown themselves, and all the local traditions are about hospitality and making guests happy—this is Moldova! Moldova is a small more...

Iowa Update

by Tim Weitzel Spring 2015 InGear For the second time, Dave has asked me to write an update on the “Iowa operation”. I would report that P4P in Iowa is very much a mixed bag as we begin the 2015 collection season. On one hand, we are enthusiastic, have established a recognizable “brand”, have many supporters, and the supply of used bikes and volunteers is more...

Costa Rica Update

Spring 2015 InGear [caption id="attachment_3507" align="alignright" width="225"] Carlos making his daily drop off[/caption] Carlos Camacho lives at the bottom of the hamlet in Dulce Nombre de Coronado, Costa Rica. He works in the workshop of a flag factory located near Coronado. He put a basket on his bicycle so he could begin to deliver vegetables and fruit to some more...

Albania Update

by Ened Mato Spring 2015 InGear It has been a frenzy driven period for us. In between the activities we are organizing many society projects and we are preparing for many more. [caption id="attachment_3504" align="alignright" width="300"] Kidical Mass ride in Tirana[/caption] I am more than happy to tell you about Kidical Mass, which is a younger version of more...

EcoBici, Rivas, Nicaragua

by Carla Bello Mejia Spring 2015 InGear During the year 2014 EcoBici received two containers of bicycles for a total of 1062 bicycles, 971 of which were sold from January to December. During the first half of the year sales flow was very good but from July to November sales dropped greatly. This year EcoBici will increase slightly outlays for wages which is due to more...

Reporting from Moldova

by Carol Stadden, Peace Corps Volunteer Spring 2015 InGear Greetings from your roving Moldoveneasc Peace Corps volunteer reporter. [caption id="attachment_3513" align="alignright" width="300"] Moldovan teens out for a ride[/caption] It is the middle of winter in Grozesti but that does not stop people from riding their bikes. Many of the roads are impossible to more...

PASS/Ecovolis: P4P Partner in Albania

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignright" width="300"] Employees at a bike-sharing kiosk in Tirana[/caption] PASS (Programii Alternativave Sociale Stimuluese, Social Stimulating Alternative Programme) was established in 2002 with the goal of encouraging community action and raising public awareness of local social and environmental issues in the Albanian capital more...