Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
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Mayan Power and Light

Summary

Mayan Power and Light catalyzes local, green economies by empowering community leaders with entrepreneurship training and energy saving technologies for social and environmental regeneration. Since 2013, we have installed solar on over 21 community buildings reaching 36,800 people, we trained 150 women in business skills and taught over 600 people hands-on solar power basics.

$195,000
total goal
$37,074
remaining
702
donors
25
monthly donors
10
fundraisers
9
years

Challenge

For many women in Guatemala, the pandemic has meant no job and no unemployment benefits or other protection. Mayan women face even higher obstacles to overcoming poverty due to gender-based discrimination, social norms, disproportionate involvement in unpaid work, and unequal access to education, healthcare, and property (ILO, 2019). Energy poverty, contaminated water and deforestation are major concerns for this group where an alarming 75% live in poverty.

Solution

MPL promotes environmental solutions to poverty led by women, breaking gender norms about technology, business and leadership. The program integrates major concerns like cost of electricity, waterborne diseases and deforestation by making the solution available for low-income people. We raise awareness and access to simple, appropriate technologies that improve health and help people break out of poverty. STEM-rich workshops, business coaching and solar installations prepares us for the future.

Long-Term Impact

Green technologies like water filters and solar power will be available to everyone, improving public health and reducing pressure on the environment. Encouraging small business and women's economic participation in rural areas will improve the next generation's health and educational achievements. Local producers and consumers improves local economic resiliency in the face of increasing natural crises.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​www.apptechdesign.org/​mayan-power-and-light
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Mayan Power and Light Website for Guatemala
Mayan Power and Light Global Top 100 Award

Organization Information

Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Monika Goforth
Ann Arbor, MI United States
$157,926 raised of $195,000 goal
 
2,152 donations
$37,074 to go
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