Guatemala

A Partner Comes to Hunterdon County

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear The night of April 20th, 2012, was an especially inspiring evening for P4P. Gathering in the intimate space of the Hunterdon Medical Center auditorium, we sponsored two wonderful presentations. The night was dedicated to a talk by Señora Maria Margarita Caté de Catú, founder of FIDESMA (Foundation for the Environment and more...

FIDESMA: Microcredit and Sustainable Agricultural Practices

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2503" align="alignleft" width="300"] Coffee processing plant[/caption] FIDESMA’s ability to offer microcredit is directly connected to its participation with P4P. If not for the bicycles and sewing machines they sell, FIDESMA would not be able to offer the loans so needed by local farmers in order to more...

Stovetop Shampoo in Guatemala: New Production of an Ancient “Must Have”

by Patricia Hamill Summer 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2490" align="alignleft" width="239"] Scraping the aloe plant for the shampoo[/caption] Although P4P is not currently planning on adding stoves to its repertoire of collections and shipments, we felt that it was important to highlight how organizations like FIDESMA search out every option available to more...

Mujeres Maya, Guatemala

Mujeres Maya (Mayan Women) Kaqchiqoel of Santa Caterina de Barahona is a cooperative weaving business whose members create amazing hand weavings by using the traditional weaving techniques handed down to them by their grandmothers. The Mujeres Maya received a micro-loan from our partner FIDESMA in Guatemala to start their business. Today they have a stall in the major more...

Pedals for Progress is proud to sponsor the presentation by Señora Maria Margarita Caté at the Hunterdon Medical Center auditorium

Friday April 20th, 2012, 7:30PM - 9PM Señora Margarita is the founder of the Guatemalan foundation FIDESMA (Foundation for the Environment and Sustainable Development). The mission of FIDESMA is to promote the sustainable development of families and communities by promoting programs and projects in the areas of education, with technical assistance and economic aid more...

P4P Collects—and Follows—the 100,000th Bicycle!

by Reykha Bonilla InGear Fall 2006 2006 was a remarkable year for Pedals for Progress. We reached two important milestones, our 15th anniversary and our 100,000th bicycle. While we’re proud of our longevity, the second accomplishment symbolizes so many things for Pedals for Progress. It’s the culmination of 15 years of hard work and dedication from Dave more...

A Year-long Sewing Course Leads to a Career

Fall 2006 InGear Lourdes Santiso Salizar took a sewing course at FIDESMA seven years ago. She took the year-long course due to lack of other employment opportunities. After she finished the course at FIDESMA, her parents helped her buy an industrial sewing machine and gave her a workshop space in their home. Today Lourdes runs a successful clothing business in more...

Santos Bar Balan — Mountain Bike Owner

Fall 2006 InGear Every day Santos uses his bicycle to travel the one-and-a-half kilometers from his house to his job at the local brick factory on the outskirts of San Antonio, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Before he owned his bicycle, Santos had to walk to work as well as to his other activities. Now he moves easily from place to place without wasting time. He leaves more...

The Ice Cream Man of San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

Fall 2006 InGear Jorge Luis wakes up every morning at 4:30 to begin his day selling ice cream. Since he does not have a freezer at home he must ride his bicycle 5 kilometers to the nearest city to buy his supplies. Once he returns to San Andrés Itzapa, Jorge rides with his cooler and cones to the smaller villages in the mountains beyond San Andrés to sell his ice more...

FIDESMA Provides Microloans to the Mayan Women

Fall 2006 InGear Meet the Mujeres Maya (Mayan Women) Kaqiqoel of Santa Caterina de Barahona, Guatemala. Five years ago they formed a cooperative of 10 women with the idea to sell their traditional weavings in the tourist markets. To start their business, they received a microloan from the proceeds of bicycle sales by our partner FIDESMA. Today they have a stall in more...