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.
Jul 20, 2015

Gearing Up for New Classes and Businesses!

University Circuits and Solar Graduates
University Circuits and Solar Graduates

Question:  What do you do when your next two Mayan Power and Light workshops are delayed?

Answer:  You teach “Circuits and Solar” at the University level, which is exactly what SEA Solar did last month.   

ATC and our Solar Team, SEA Solar congratulate Faculty and Students of the Architecture and Engineering school of the of Mesoamerican University for taking our first University level introduction to solar class.  Everyone learned about electricity, circuits and solar power, including hands-on training using professional grade solar and electronic equipment. 

SEA Solar is available to teach solar at Colleges, Universities and for NGOs anywhere in Latin America.

More information write to Info@seaguate.com

We have just been awarded a grant to provide several new Mayan Power and Light workshops and to train two groups of Mayan women entrepreneurs in sales and installation of solar power in Guatemala. 

On August 1, 2015 we will have a group of volunteers from the U.S., England and possibly Ecuador work with SEA Solar to install solar power on a pre-school in the rural western highlands of Guatemala.  Photos to follow.

Please consider a new donation to Mayan Power and Light.  We will have two new women’s businesses and we need to purchase inventory for demonstrations and sales.  With an extra $2,000 we can bulk purchase entry level solar lights which will cost less and thus help with sales.  More families will gain the incredible advantage of bright solar light instead of trying to see at night by kerosene lamps and candles. 

With your help our new businesses will have more solar hardware to sell, they will purchase it at a lower price and they can sell at a lower price.  Bulk purchasing makes it possible for Mayan Power and Light businesses to become self-sustaining.

 

Thank you,

 

John Barrie

Learning Solar 2
Learning Solar 2
Homework by Candle Light
Homework by Candle Light
Homework by Solar Light
Homework by Solar Light
Jun 9, 2015

They sold out of honey!

the bee boys harvesting honey for sale
the bee boys harvesting honey for sale

Guess what?

Our community Permaculture Day market not only brought together our farming cooperatives to share knowledge and experience, it not only raised funds for appropriate farming technology, it also gave the San Pablo Beekeepers an awesome sales and networking venue.

And they totally Sold Out!

Jeremias, leader of the ¨Bee Boys,¨as I chummily like to call them, brought in the last bottles of honey from harvest season, and totally sold out!! ...I think it´s because of his charm... He talked on and on about the health benefits of bees pollen with Mujeres Oxlajuj E Amaranth Cooperative. They loved him too.

It was an uplifting day for the Bee Boys, though selling out of product doesn't mean they're exactly getting rich. Unfortunately, over the last year, the Bee Boys have lost over 20 hives, so production has been sparce. They are raising questions about why their colonies are diminishing and are ready to take action on a solution. Some ideas they have about the problem:

  • A lack of fodder/flowering trees during last year's rainy season required the Boys to supplement their hives with sugarwater, so some hives left for 'greener pastures'
  • A viral disease is impacting some hives
  • Pesticides used in neighbouring coffee plantations may be affecting behaviors
  • Disturbance of the bees in their hives due to their current method of maintenance and harvest may add to their other stresses. 

Thanks to YOU, we're ready to start solving these problems. The Bee Boys' first training is coming up next month!

 

Thanks for being awesome,

Links:

Apr 14, 2015

Donate Today Starting 9:00 AM EST - Have Your Gift Matched!

Learning Solar
Learning Solar

Hi Appropriate Technology Collaborators! 

We've got a big fundraising opportunity Today Tuesday, April 14 and we need your help!

Please Donate Early - Donations Made Early Are Most Likely to Get The Microsoft 50% Match.  

Your early donations also help us receive donations from other organizations that fund GlobalGiving.


Microsoft YouthSpark is matching donations made from 9am EST to midnight, or until funds run out.   Last year many of you generous supporters helped us reach $6,270 in one big push, keeping our Mayan Power and Light women's empowerment classes and our electrical circuits and solar classes open to the public.  

And with matching donations from Microsoft, your donations will go even further.
 I'm hoping you can help us keep the momentum to do it again this year.
Mayan Power and Light is up and growing, with 2 women's solar businesses in operation and more on the way. Our new grassroots AppTech project with the "Bee Boys" is ready to implement,  we just need $2,500 to train 15 self-motivated rural youth in carpentry, welding, advanced beekeeping and business. 
Right now,  we are feeling a sense of urgency in getting funding for the "Bee Boys" Honey Cooperative as we are scheduled to start their training program on June 27
jeremias and giovani
The Bee Boys


Nov MPL Workshop 6
Mayan Power and Light

I hope you can help provide important technical training to Mayan rural youth by making a donation of any amount to one of our YouthSpark programs (Mayan Power and Light or the Bee Boys).

Please also share your intentions to donate with your work friends, social network, friends, anyone you like. Word of mouth is so important for people to know the impact of their donations. 

To Do:

1. Set your cell phone alarms for Today at 9:00am EST to ensure your donation received matching funds. 
2. Go to the links below to pick your favorite ATC YouthSpark Project:

Clearly, I really care about making these empowering programs available to my young friends around Lake Atitlan. If there is anything I can do to bring these communities' stories closer to you I'd love to have a conversation with you.

Many thanks for your continued support, we send you all our best wishes from Guatemala.

Monika Goforth
Guatemala Program Manager
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
Tel: (502) 5199-9632
Bee Boys
Bee Boys

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