Appropriate Technology Collaborative

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative creates sustainable technologies that promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for low income people worldwide. We design, demonstrate, and distribute affordable technologies. Working in collaboration with local talent and other nonprofits (NGOs) we create solutions that are culturally sensitive, environmentally responsible and locally repairable in order to improve the quality of life and reduce adverse impacts on the environment.
Oct 16, 2012

Lesson plans educating and exciting students!

In preparation of sending our solar kits, we sent Mr. Monthe our basic lesson plan for our Circuits and Solar class.  He responded that his students have responded enthusiastically to receiving the plans. Below is a direct quote from his email; French is the language in Cameroon.
  "During my teaching, at the questions and answers time, most students always tell me that , they want to become solar entrepreneur and there will be light everywhere, more micro solar jobs creating . Last time during a solar class, a student say that he want to design and create a solar Kiosk where he would be selling solar light and charging of mobile phones , as assignment , I asked the whole class that design a solar kiosk on their own with little description for next week."
We are proud to be helping these children learn and change their lives.  Interest in the course has expanded to the neighboring villages and Mr. Monthe has prepared lesson plans for them.  This allows other teachers, homeschoolers and even adults to learn about solar and circuitry.  All of this in anticipation of the hardware that we hope to provide through your generous donation.
Oct 10, 2012

New photos!

Mayan girls examining solar panels
Mayan girls examining solar panels

Here are some photographs and a new video from our recent trip to Guatemala!  These are some of the young women that are planning to learn solar and circuits from our course and from there, build their own solar cooperative, providing steady employment for them and income for their families.

I want to mention one particular point about the video.  If you watch closely, you will see the girls smiling as they climb the ladder to the roof where our solar panels are installed.  For all of them, this is the VERY FIRST time they have done this!  Yet their dream is so compelling, that they are challenging themselves to broaden their experiences and learn new skills.

I hope the glimpse of our girls taking their first steps towards their dream of a solar cooperative inspires you to help us make it become real, to give them the skills they desire to fulfill their hopes and make their dreams come true.

Two of our excited students!
Two of our excited students!
The beginnings of a women
The beginnings of a women's solar coop

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Sep 13, 2012

The footwork is proceeding apace!

We recently went to Guatemala to meet with our partners, mentors and prospective students in this project. 

Our mentors are all female, to help our students overcome cultural shyness and get the most from the training.  We have done our best to draw from the local culture, so that the women who mentor the girls are aware of cultural cues, language and have experience with solar.  The girls are very modest young women, yet once we got them to the roof, their curiousity took hold and they examined the examined the solar array thoroughly.  During our visit, our partner organization, Starfish, was filming the girls for a video promoting the class.

Currently, we are on schedule to teach the class in February in Guatemala.  We are accepting volunteers to travel with us for this course.  We have posted 2 links to photos of the girls on Flickr and will add more as time permits.

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