Peace Corps

A Recipe for Collecting Bikes in Northern Vermont

by Joanne Heidkamp Spring 2011 InGear The relationship between the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (GMRPCV) and Pedals for Progress began in the summer of 1999, when David Schweidenback approached us for a donation to P4P. We donated $100 and also decided to hold Vermont’s first P4P bicycle collection. That first year we collected 88 bikes and drove more...

A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed

by Constantin Bandiu Fall 2010 InGear Pelinia is one of the largest villages in northern Moldova, with a population of over eight thousand. The main occupation for villagers is farming, which keeps most residents busy all year round. Consult-Nord was founded in 2005, with the agreement of Pelinia’s citizens, to be a voluntary, independent, self-administrated, more...

Sewing Machines Shipped to Kyrgyzstan, Our Newest Partner

Summer 2008 InGear [caption id="attachment_2624" align="alignleft" width="198"] Roberto with his community partners[/caption] Most of our projects, and indeed our very first projects, are in Latin America. Nicaragua is where we got our start, and Pedals for Progress founder, Dave Schweidenback, got the initial idea for the organization while stationed as a Peace more...

New Program in Jamaica Gets Assist from Our Friend in Colorado

Spring 2008 InGear [caption id="attachment_3377" align="alignleft" width="280"] John Elias in Jamaica with our P4P partners[/caption] A little over ten years ago, John Elias, a Peace Corps alum who had been stationed in Jamaica, ran several collections for Pedals for Progress in his hometown in the Colorado Rockies. Doing so nearly crowded himself out of his auto more...

Mobility in Moldova

2002 InGear Following the disintegration of the USSR and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc economy, communities like Stefan Voda, in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, have seen incomes shrink, the cost of imported goods such as petroleum skyrocket, and their modest standards of living plummet. Personal mobility and productivity have suffered. As bus fares rose, the more...

COMWELF: Doing Well in Bawku District, Ghana

Fall 2001 InGear As Pedals for Progress crosses the 10,000 bicycle per year production mark, Africa is receiving more and more bikes, both in total numbers and as a share of overall production. Over the last decade, seven countries in Africa—most significantly South Africa, Ghana, and Eritrea—have received 6,600 bikes, over half of them in the last 18 months since more...