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.
Nov 4, 2016

We won Project of the Month!

First time wiring up a solar kit
First time wiring up a solar kit

Yup. ATC is feeling pretty cool right now. 

Globalgiving picked our project to promote to their Project of the Month Club where hundreds of people collectively donate to a new project every month.

Why did they pick us?

They visited our projects twice in two years and were wow'ed every time!

1. GlobalGiving reps interviewed our star solar saleswoman, Fatima, as she installed solar on her town's meeting hall.  

2. They participated in our volunteer solar installation project and were impressed by our community engagement in the project, how much leadership local volunteers took in wiring up the building.

3. They visited our multi-panel solar power system on the technical training center, CECAP in Santa Cruz la laguna, and our solar installation on the pre-school in Tzanjomel.  

4.They asked us tons of questions about how we work with communities and partner organizations to make sure our programs are sustainable and maintained. 

...And it looks like we passed with flying colors.

Help Mayan Power and Light rock-on in 2017.  #GivingTuesday is coming up and Matching Donations at 50%!

Our 2017 Goals:

12-15 buidings electrified with solar, includes 1-2 grid-tied systems

24 women trained in microbusiness skills and solar technology

100 people trained in Circuits and Solar 

Aug 31, 2016

ATC presents at Michigan State University

Mayan Power and Light education and opportunity
Mayan Power and Light education and opportunity

ATC is presenting our work to the public in Michigan next month!

Monika Goforth, Guatemala Program Director for the Appropriate Technology Collaborative will present a lively and informative talk on her experience heading the Mayan Power and Light program. She'll be discussing how social enterprise, sustainable small business and sustainable agriculture can move communities out of poverty. Come learn about how ATC’s approach to development empowers communities to solve local problems with local resources.  

Sept 15, 2016: Talk at Michigan State University International Center 3rd Floor at 12:00 Noon

Sept 16, 2016: Interview on WCBN Radio with Rebecca Hardin at 12:00 Noon

Sept 16, 2016: Intimate Fundraiser and Happy Hour at Zing Train, Ann Arbor 6:00 pm

Sept 21, 2016: Talk at ICPJ Meeting House on Hill Street, Ann Arbor at 7:00 pm

Mayan Power and light is listed among the world's top 100 leaders in global sustainability according to Sustainia, a Copenhagen based firm working in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Program.

Monika’s talks will address:

  • Successful social ventures
  • Indigenous women’s and youth empowerment
  • Solar power to create opportunity, reduce poverty, and improve health
  • Creating jobs with affordable clean energy
  • Michigan State Humanitarian Engineering Projects
Our women
Our women's solar business is growing!
Women
Women's Amaranth Coop co-designs their machine
The Bee Boys
The Bee Boys' organic honey
Aug 25, 2016

ATC presents at Michigan State University

Monika and Fatima, solar saleswoman
Monika and Fatima, solar saleswoman

ATC is presenting our work to the public in Michigan next month!

Monika Goforth, Program Director for the Appropriate Technology Collaborative will present a lively and informative talk on her experience heading the Mayan Power and Light program. Come learn about how ATC’s approach to development empowers communities to solve local problems with local resources.  

Sept 15, 2016: Talk at Michigan State University International Center 3rd Floor at 12:00 Noon

Sept 16, 2016: Interview on WCBN Radio with Rebecca Hardin at 12:00 Noon

Sept 16, 2016: Intimate Fundraiser and Happy Hour at Zing Train, Ann Arbor 6:00 pm

Sept 21, 2016: Talk at ICPJ Meeting House on Hill Street, Ann Arbor at 7:00 pm

Mayan Power and light is listed among the world's top 100 leaders in global sustainability according to Sustainia, a Copenhagenbased rm working in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Program.

Monika’s talks will address:

  • Successful social ventures
  • Indigenous women’s empowerment
  • Solar power to create opportunity, reduce poverty, and improve health
  • Creating jobs with affordable clean energy
  • Michigan State Humanitarian Engineering Projects
Fatima teaches community Circuits and Solar class
Fatima teaches community Circuits and Solar class
The Solar Team in the shop in Xela
The Solar Team in the shop in Xela
 
   

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