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.
Dec 17, 2015

Honey for Sale!

New Labels and Bottles!
New Labels and Bottles!

Wow,  these kids really took our investment seriously. The Honey Cooperative sends you a big THANK YOU for belieiving in them this year!

From January's loss of members, loss of bee hives, low honey production and low morale...

We're now producing more honey, reaching new markets and stabilizing their business plan to make a sustainable income!

 

Miel Q'aniel, the cooperative's official name has now branded their product "Utz Kab" Tzutujil for Good Honey.

They are using beautiful recycled wine and rum bottles for containers now, and will be adding a label in English explaining the environmental benefits of honey production for a sustainable local economy. 

They've also started publicity campaigns on Facebook to recieve visitors and sell honey, delivered to your door!

 

Your help has made a huge impact on these young entrepreneur's lives. I see so much more positivity in their attitudes towards the future, now that their fledgling project is coming off the ground.

Much more than environmental sustainability and income-earning opportunities, your investment in the Youth Group's honey cooperative has given them hope for the future and the motivation to keep going despite the obstacles.

An anonymous donor is matching monthly donations over $25 this December up to $200!

Please consider signing up to support Giovani, Jeremias and their Co-op friends with apiculture training and business consulting to help them stabilize their microbusiness to earn a profit they can re-invest from.

 

The Bee Boys believe in their power to change their lives. We do too. 

Utz Kab - Good Honey has new labels and bottles!
Utz Kab - Good Honey has new labels and bottles!
Giovani and Jeremias with their new presentation
Giovani and Jeremias with their new presentation

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Dec 10, 2015

Special End-of-Year Report

Delia and Analy in Circuits and Solar class
Delia and Analy in Circuits and Solar class

Thank you for supporting Mayan Power and Light in 2015-2016, as 11 women plus 2 young boys start their first microbusiness providing affordable clean energy in rural communities.

From November 14, 2015 to November 20, 2015, we held a weeklong solar and business training class for 24 women and girls from Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Cobán, Quiché, Sololá, and Suchitepequez.

Mayan Power and Light 2015 training program was held as a weeklong camp at the CCDA´s agricultural training center at their coffee cooperative center. Women and girls aged 13 to 43 stayed in dorms, shared 3 meals a day and trained in solar and business skills together. By the end of the week, meaningful friendships were formed.

The women and girls, identified by CCDA Agricultural Technics, come from isolated farming communities in remote regions of Guatemala. In these communities, few have been lucky enough to graduate primary school, with even fewer passing high school. Their communities rely on small-scale agriculture and day-labor on nearby fincas.   With little access to education, financial services and legal assistance, women and girls are the poorest of the poor in these marginalized rural communities.

For most participants, MPL is the first time they will earn their own income.

To start off the virtuous cycle of a sustainable economy, we educated women and girls from these communities to provide the social service of affordable and accessible clean energy while empowering women and girls with their first try at a microbusiness.  In communities where income earning opportunities are few and the demand for lighting is high, Mayan Power and Light creates a system where beneficiaries are serving beneficiaries in a self-sustaining program.

Mayan Power and Light provides un-electrified communities with access to affordable solar lighting, while supporting the local economy and women´s economic participation.

Read our Special Year-End Report for the whole story on our amazing Mayan Women's Solar Business Camp and the impacts we've made as rural girls and women earn their own income while serving community need for solar energy. 

Josefina from Coban
Josefina from Coban
Solar Installation at Nueva Amanecer public school
Solar Installation at Nueva Amanecer public school

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Dec 1, 2015

Brand New Equipment to grow the Coop!

Giovanni shows off his new headlamp and smoker
Giovanni shows off his new headlamp and smoker

Your investment in growing the 'Bee Boys' Cooperative is stretching further than we thought!

After a year of learning Biodynamic Beekeeeping and increasing our sales in the Biodynamics market, the Bee Boys have also been getting more attention as an Eco-Tourism attraction.  

Unexpected (but it makes sense!), once people meet the Bee Boys, they want to visit their farm to learn more about natural Beekeeping and how it benefits the entire eco-system around Lake Atitlan (including coffee production). These visits encourage the Boys in their project, and spreads awareness about their project.

"It's a nice experience to bring visitors to teach them how to maintain the hives.  Otherwise it's just the same old work!"

-Giovanni, Cooperative Member

Earlier in the year, they could only take a maximum of 3 visitors because they would have to lend out their Beekeeping Coveralls to their guests. Now as word is getting out about their innovative, ecological and economically sustainable project more visitors are signing up for educational tours on Beekeeping, providing a new and unexpected income for the Boys.

Investing in this growing project for 2016, you helped the Bee Boys acquire:

 6 new Bee Keeping CoverAlls for paying visitors and student volunteers

Jeremias in new CoverAlls, less bee stings!
Jeremias in new CoverAlls, less bee stings!
New BeeKeeping Equipment Arrived!  Nov. 13, 2015
New BeeKeeping Equipment Arrived! Nov. 13, 2015

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