Founded in 2014 by Freddy Candia-Aguilar, Cocha Pedal has built over a dozen bicimáquinas that have provided creative answers to some of the difficult problems facing the community of Cochabamba.
We strive to find sustainable solutions that provide communities the opportunity to emerge from poverty in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We do this through a collaborative effort, partnering with local NGOs, community organizations, schools, non-profit organizations, and for-profit entities—all with the goal of creating lasting, community-based solutions to the challenges of poverty.
The First Bicimáquina
Construction of the first bicimáquina, a pedal-powered soap-mixer, was completed with the help of Sustainable Bolivia, Fundacion SODIS and CECAM Bolivia. It was funded by Soapbox Soaps and was donated to a local school in Tiquipaya, Bolivia.
Click photo for a YouTube video of Freddy testing out the design.
Bicilicuadora aka "Blender Bike"
Volunteers from abroad helped Freddy design and build this pedal-operated blender. Smoothies, anyone?
Click photo for a video "tutorial" from some of our volunteers!
Freddy, along with volunteers, built this cargo bike for a Critical Mass Cochabamba event. This particular bike holds special significance for Freddy, referring to it as one of his "best achievements."
Click photo to see a video of our volunteers jammin' with the Cargo Bike before the event.
Pedal-operated Corn De-grainer
This unique design is incredibly helpful for rural families that previously had to de-grain their corn by hand, which is laborious and strenuous on one's hands.
Click photo for YouTube video of this bike machine in action!
Pedal-powered Ice Cream Maker
Who doesn't love ice cream? Our pedal-powered ice cream maker delivers sweet (and sustainable!) treats to folks in Cochabamba!
Click photo for video of this design.
What We've Achieved
- Designed, constructed, and implemented over a dozen bicimáquinas
- Participated in Bici-Tec's School for Appropriate Bicycle Technology immersion course in Guatemala in 2015
- Partnered with Actuality Media to offer student documentarians the opportunity to tell the Cocha Pedal story
- Collaborated with Sustainable Bolivia, Critical Mass Cochabamba, Bike Art Cocha, Fundación SODIS, and other Bolivian NGOs to complete projects
- Featured in various media from the Bolivian Express and the International Association for Volunteer Effort to Mercy Corps Global Envision and Bolivian news channel, Unitel 13
- Collaborated with over 30 volunteers from around the world
- Active participant in the city of Cochabamba's "Día del Peatón," or "Day of the Pedestrian," held 4 times per year
- Took part in the city of Denver's 4th Annual Latin American Eco-Festival