Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative


Mayan Power and Light can provide lighting and electricity to 16,000 people per year. In Guatemala, malnutrition is endemic with 1/2 children chronically malnourished. Women solar business owners can invest in their families' health. Families reliant on kerosene & candles for lighting affects lung health equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. ATC has a proven way to improve health, provide families extra income and improve the quality of life for Mayan families through our program.
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Guatemala is the 3rd poorest country in the western hemisphere. Malnutrition is endemic with 50% of children chronically malnourished. Lack of education, particularly for girls, keep women and families trapped in poverty. Providing girls with education and opportunity can break the cycle of poverty. Education about electronics and solar power can provide jobs and sustainably improve the quality of life for both students and families who receive solar power through added income & less pollution.


Teaching "Circuits and Solar" to young Guatemalan women provides technical education about electronics, the technology that fuels the 21st century In Guatemala electricity is much more expensive than in developed countries, and many homes have no electricity at all. Students who take "Circuits and Solar" will have the skills and support necessary to start small businesses selling and installing affordable solar power to homes that lack electricity and to families who want to save money.

Long-Term Impact

We will teach 150 - 200 young Guatemalan women "Circuits and Solar" and we will make the curriculum available online for any organization to use - for free - forever. These women and future classes will have the opportunity to start solar businesses serving on average 1,000 households per year per business. We will expand the program by teaching solar throughout rural Guatemala and we will teach other NGOs how to start solar businesses through education.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Mayan Power and Light Web Page

Organization Information

Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
John Barrie
Ann Arbor, MI United States
$27,465 raised of $35,000 goal
578 donations
$7,535 to go
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