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, develop, 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.
Mayan Power and Light
 
Mayan Power and Light can provide lighting and electricity to 16,000 people per year. In Guatemala, malnutrition is endemic with 1/2 children chronically malnourished. Women solar business owners can invest in their families' health. Families reliant on kerosene & candles for lighting affects lung health equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. ATC has a proven way to improve health, provide families extra income and improve the quality of life for Mayan families through our program. project reportread updates from the field
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
 
An indigenous youth-run organic honey cooperative is struggling to stay in business, losing members to dangerous work in the city. With some technical training in honey production technologies, sales and marketing, the "Bee Boys" will increase their honey production, sales and create stable, sustainable jobs for at-risk youth. Learning-by-doing, the training sessions will leave the group with skills, techniques and materials to re-invest and grow their business. project reportread updates from the field
Empower Women to Feed their Families
 
Oxlajuj E is a women's organic amaranth cooperative of 110 members who grow, cook and sell amaranth, a high-protein traditional Mayan grain, to feed their families. They support their families' from selling their grains through the cooperative bakery and export to the city. However, they must harvest the grains by hand, a tedious task that takes women and children 3 days to clean chaff from grain, in what would take 3 hours with our new mechanical winnower. project reportread updates from the field
Solar for Cameroon
 
Help the Appropriate Technology Collaborative send solar lighting kits to Cameroon. A local affiliate will conduct our popular "Circuits and Solar" course for young student engineers and future entrepreneurs. The education through ATC's workshops will provide the students in Bana with the education + skills to become solar technicians. project reportread updates from the field
Empower Guatemalan Women With Woven Windmills
 
Problem: Artisan women in Guatemala earn less than $2.00 per day weaving textiles. Solution: Women weave textiles and then form them into high efficiency wind turbine blades. High value turbine blades create good paying jobs and clean renewable energy. University of Michigan BLUELab Engineering students are working with a local Guatemalan womens weaving coop to pioneer this new empowering technology. Guatemala has the wind, the need and the capacity to support up to 8 wind co-ops. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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