Guatemala

Guatemala #15 Arrives

Dear David, On behalf of the beneficiaries of bikes and the beneficiaries of social projects, thank you for your continued support. We would like to thank Pedals for Progress for all of the activities FIDESMA can accomplish with the bicycles and sewing machines. We finished the inventory of bikes, and now began with sales of the bikes and other pending more...

How do Bicycles and Sewing Machines Continue to Support FIDESMA’s Mission?

By Patricia Hamill Spring 2014 InGear You’ve read about our partner in Guatemala, FIDESMA, the organization that promotes economic development through micro-credit, training in textile design and agricultural programs, among other efforts. They are doing so much to contribute to the needs of the people in their region and we are pleased to have some updates for more...

World Cup Fever

Spring 2014 InGear Pedals for Progress’s mission is really to give these people a viable chance of a wonderful life. We certainly concentrate on employment opportunities and healthy transportation alternatives, but sometimes we stray. In the last shipment of 2013 to Guatemala we included 100 pairs of cleats and 18 used soccer balls. The soccer balls act like large more...

ECOLOBICI – Holiday Message

We recently received a great holiday email from our Guatemalan Partners ECOLOBICI: Hi David, We have just finished the inventory of our last container. The shipment looks great with the sewing machines that will go to a women's group in a community outside of San Andrés Itzapa. The shipment of parts and soccer equipment will also go to great use. Everyone is more...

Country Update: Guatemala

Spring 2013 InGear Doña Marina lives in the town of San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala in the county of San Antonio. Growing up, Marina’s family was very poor. She was never given the opportunity to attend school as her father died in 1980, leaving her with the responsibility of taking care of both her mother and her handicapped sister. To help provide more...

Chris Van Dine in Guatemala

Winter 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2809" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jenna Lollis and Chris Van Dine in Guatemala[/caption] Chris Van Dine is a first-generation professional racer who grew up living the mountain bike lifestyle from its beginnings. At an early age, Chris developed a taste for speed and won his first mountain bike race when he was eight. more...

New Video from Chris Van Dine about P4P

New Video from Chris Van Dine about P4P Downhill rider and philanthropist Chris Van Dine shows one of his second homes in Guatemala, where he rides and contributes to society development at the same more...

Fashion and Practicality Co-exist Thanks to FIDESMA and P4P

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2315" align="alignleft" width="300"] Señora Antonietta Mesa[/caption] Señora Antonieta Mesa and her sister Señora Irma Mesa were quite welcoming when David and Gary arrived to visit their sewing studios. These ladies clearly each know what market they want to focus on and how to keep their businesses more...

Spotlight: FIDESMA

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear FIDESMA has established facilities in San Andrés Itzapa from which it implements its programs in all of the surrounding communities. Established in 1998, the foundation has a very clear mission: to promote the sustainable development of families and communities by initiating or supporting programs and projects in the areas of more...

Cycling Through Coffee Country

Like most young men, Maximiliano Solorzano started out working in the coffee groves in San Miguel de Dueñas, 20 miles outside of San Andrés, Guatemala. Plantation work is a common occupation in this region that sits in the shadows of the volcano El Fuego and walking to these groves and traveling about this hilly region takes a physical toll on any strong individual. more...