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.
Mar 31, 2016

Angelica leads women to food security

Angelica gives ATC highly developed feedback
Angelica gives ATC highly developed feedback

Angelica is the main coordinator of Mujeres Oxlajuj E, amaranth cooperative. Raised in the countryside by rural parents, she was brought up to be conscious of saving seeds and growing food sustainably. 

Now, she dedicates herself to running the cooperative, organizing women's empowerment trainings and speaking out about violance against women in her community.  She was featured in the national newspaper for speaking out about the cases of violence against women in her district.

Thanks to women like Angelica, educating and organizing women to make their own income in harmony with earth and with respect to their rights, Angelica is a groundbreaker that ATC is very proud to work with.

Angelica pours amaranth into the thresher
Angelica pours amaranth into the thresher
Mar 16, 2016

Spotlight on Fatima

Fatima working on a 80W Solar System at CCDA
Fatima working on a 80W Solar System at CCDA

Fatima is 16 years old. She's from a village surrounded by large coffee fincas and small-holder farmers on the slopes of Volcan Atitlan. She joined Mayan Power and Light in november 2016, just before starting high school. During the workshop, Fatima was quiet and reserved.  But once December hit, Fatima distributed solar product faster than anyone! 

How? She accepts micro-payments. With over Q5,000 of small-scale solar products and LED lightbulbs distributed in her community, Fatima is collecting monthly payments as her neighbours benefit from clean affordable lighting!

Fatima really got in the game during our volunteer-funded solar demonstration project last week. She was under direct instruction from our lead Engineer, Jose, where she hooked up a 245W solar panel and a battery bank. She taught our international volunteers how to install light fixtures and run wires. She's getting confident! 

Now Fatima is back in school, she schedules visits to neighboring towns to make sales on the weekend. What is she studying in school? Business Management.  When I asked her why, she exclaimed "I love sales!" 

Fatima's success is a collaboration of a big community of educators, program designers and donors like you. Thank you for joining our team in creating Opportunity By Design.

Please help us provide more support to 8 more microbusinesswomen farther afield in Eastern Guatemala.

Across the country from our original MPL business, SEA, our Eastern Guatemala businesswomen urgently need more training in sales strategy. Give today to Boost your donation!

Today's GlobalGiving Matching Funds will pay for 4-6 sales training visits across the country in 2016. 

That's just $2,000 to empower 8 women to provide clean energy for over 1000 families every year. And they'll keep on doing so every year from now on!

Fatima and Jose, engineer, hooking up 245W system
Fatima and Jose, engineer, hooking up 245W system
Fatima installing LED security lights w volunteer
Fatima installing LED security lights w volunteer
Fatima and volunteer hang out by their 245W panel
Fatima and volunteer hang out by their 245W panel

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Mar 10, 2016

The Bee Boys promoting themselves on Facebook!

Green Empowerment visits Utz Kab
Green Empowerment visits Utz Kab

Since our last chat, the Bee Boys were just breaking ground on their newest venture, educational eco-tourism of their beehive project.  In January, ATC and the Bee Boys hosted a GreenEmpowerment student group from the University of Idaho, doing some permaculture earthworks on the land to hold water and reduce erosion.

On their visit, they realized how important social networking was to their project, both for sales and marketing and for educational outreach promoting beekeeping for environmental protection.  So now, the Bee Boys have gotten active on Facebook, maintaining relationships with visitors back in the US and keeping clients updated when new harvests are on the market.  In fact, there's a new batch out right now!

Getting the Bee Boys off the ground wouldn´t have been possible without you, our GlobalGiving donors. Thank you for sponsoring permaculture education, marketing support and the protective beekeeping coveralls that enable the Bee Boys to share their project and recieve assistance on their land from volunteers like you!

Help keep the Bee Boys growing with carpentry and permaculture trainings in 2016! Please sign up for a $25 recurring donation to provide this budding sustainable business with monthly permaculture check-ins and plants to increase production of honey and sustainable crops on their land. 

The Bee Boys with new protective gear and tools
The Bee Boys with new protective gear and tools
Arnica Flower Honey
Arnica Flower Honey
Utz Kab Logo
Utz Kab Logo
 
   

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