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.
Sep 25, 2015

Mayan Power and Light Featured for SDGs!

I’m writing to share some great news! GlobalGiving has chosen to feature our project, Mayan Power and Light, as part of their GlobalGiving Global Goals initiative. In celebration of the launch of the new Sustainable Development Goals at UN Week, GlobalGiving is highlighting three projects working to achieve each new goal. They’re featuring our project because we’re one of their highest-ranked partners that’s committed to learning and effectiveness.  Hopefully this means more exposure for our organization to a broader network individual, corporate, and institutional supporters looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Please help us spread the word! Check it out here, where we’re featured under Sustainable Development Goal 7: https://www.globalgiving.org/sdg/renewable-energy/

Sep 10, 2015

So Far in Mayan Power and Light 2015...

GlobalGiving subsidizes University Solar Class
GlobalGiving subsidizes University Solar Class

The early months of 2015 seemed to be a time of financial challenge for everyone, and ATC was no exception. Approved for our legendary $40,000 Rotary Club GlobalGrant, we worked through 6 months of administrative hurdles to get the cash from the Rotary Club GlobalGrants initiative and down to the ground here in Guatemala.  While we worked through all of that, you, our GlobalGiving supporters kept the show on the road!

THANK YOU!

With your funds Mayan Power and Light broke into teaching “Circuits and Solar” at the University level!

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

As a Mayan social enterprise, SEA Solar distributed affordable small-scale solar to 15 rural school children, supported by their education NGO, Amigos de Guatemala. They presented their products to Mayan Families, el Comité Campesino del Altiplano, and several other national organizations. 

Mayan Power and Light is also about solar business, right? Over this year, Mayan Power and Light invested in research and development of solar equipment best suited for Guatemala´s low-income market.  The MPL team has been researching and testing solar products used in Africa and analyzing marketing strategies and cost potentialities for our specific context.  We needed this data to negotiate with el Comité Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA), in order to train women in their national network in solar sales.

In October, 24 women from across the country will do a week-long workshop learning-by-doing solar, marketing and sales. This intensive week will build powerful sales teams and networks to support each other in the distribution of affordable lighting for women´s empowerment! Taught by the SEA Solar team, by the end of the week the teachers and students are business partners with clear goals and strategies for success!

Make More Impact! Pitch in a few bucks next Wednesday September 16, 2015 for GlobalGiving Bonus Day! All donations under $1000 will be matched with 30% more funds and puts us in the running for winning the most unique donors, up to $1,500 of prize money! That money goes along way in women's microbusiness investment!

University-level Solar Class in Xela, Guatemala
University-level Solar Class in Xela, Guatemala
Teaching School Teachers about Solar
Teaching School Teachers about Solar
SEA and ATC talk sales and marketing
SEA and ATC talk sales and marketing

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Sep 4, 2015

New Investments in the Honey Cooperative!

Jeremias selling biodynamic honey
Jeremias selling biodynamic honey

The Bee Boys had a brain-spark! An internationally known biodynamics farming teacher visited the San Pablo Youth Group’s Honey Cooperative and totally inspired them to bring their honey production one step closer to their hearts and wallets – biodynamics.  

“Biodynamic beekeeping is different from other beekeeping or bee-stewarding methods in that it aims to minimize environmental stress factors while allowing bees to develop in accordance with their true nature.”

This includes

  • using natural combs,
  • not clipping the queen’s wings,
  • no pollen substitutes (feeding bees their own honey rather than sugar in times of scarcity),
  • using all natural materials for beehives (wood, straw of clay)
  • no pesticides, antibiotics nor artificial insemination
  • honey transported in glass or metal for retail sale

                                                             RudolfSteinerCollege

Not only that, but biodynamics uniquely incorporates astronomical influences with times of harvest merges well with traditional Maya farming practices. Biodynamics also ups the value of their honey in the local market! Finding resources and support that empowers traditional farming practices are mind-blowing for these guys. 

Next Investments:  Permaculture Advising for bee fodder plants and New Bee Suits!

As part of their marketing and public relations strategy, the "bee boys" have been taking guests up to their farm and educating them on biodynamic beekeeping.  These visits are becoming very popular and have proven a successful strategy for sales. Visitors, advisors and beekeepers alike need to be suited up well!

Thanks for keeping a youth's environmental microbusiness growing, here's to the spunky kids on Lake Atitlan!

Bee Suits for Bee Tours
Bee Suits for Bee Tours
Visitors with the Bee Boys - We need more suits!
Visitors with the Bee Boys - We need more suits!

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