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.
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
Aug 11, 2016

Solar Install at Finca la Florida

Fatima, solar saleswoman teaches other girls
Fatima, solar saleswoman teaches other girls

Last month, ATC and our solar team installed 160Watts of solar power on the community building at Finca la Florida, a sustainable agricultural community near Colomba, Quetzaltenango.

This community of 40 poor farming families advocated for their rights to land by taking over an abandoned coffee plantation. Over the last 10 years, they have created an incredible food security system by diversifying their agriculture to produce food year round.  Miles from the nearest town, the community has no electricity and is dependent on candles and kerosene to see. 

Funded by a Canadian Interact club, the solar installation included a community Circuits and Solar workshop and engaged community members and our young Interact volunteers to install the solar system together. 

Over 336 community members now have access to charge batteries, phones, and lanterns.

Their meeting hall now has lights at night and energy for community movie screenings.

7 rural girls and 10 rural boys learned about electricity, circuits and solar power theory and practical skills. They applied their learning theory to their own 10-watt solar system and then installed the community system together. 

Another stellar example of sustainable community development through skills training and appropriate infrastructure!

Help our programs stabilize and grow! 

Committing to a monthly donation keeps our solar education program going. Fatima and 6 other solar saleswomen are almost ready to run their own workshops. Help us get them there! 

Community members hook up solar components
Community members hook up solar components
Volunteers and community members work together
Volunteers and community members work together
Solar panels going up!
Solar panels going up!
 
   

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