"Hills are hard. Shift gears."

 Matt, Pedal Forward

Pedal Forward hires the formally homeless population of NYC to build sustainable bamboo bicycles for sale in the US and uses a portion of each sale to distribute bicycles in developing communities around the world. Pedal Forward was born out of a college project through The Clinton Global Initiative University, where our sole motivation was to meet Jon Stewart who was hosting the conference. It was only after we delivered our first 35 bicycles to orphaned secondary students in the Ngara district of Tanzania that I realized how important what we are doing is. A bicycle in the developing world is a lifesaver.

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We used the Kiva loan to source components and pay our employee while we ramp up sales. Kiva has opened so many doors for our business. Thank you for investing your time and effort into our dream


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Kathinka K. Nakstad

Kathinka moved to San Francisco to pursue her BBA degree, with a major in marketing. Being form Norway, she time to time misses the different seasons (especially winters with snow). One of her hobbies consists of finding a part of a city and explore it for a whole day. Checking out cool boutiques, and the best places to eat. Two of her favorite places to visit are Budapest and Vienna. No wonder her dream job would be to travel the world and write about the places she visits.