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Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Mayan Power and Light
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Interviewing students about their computer classes
Interviewing students about their computer classes

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative and Sea Energía Solar had an adventure-and-a-half traveling in the back of pick-up trucks carrying cardamom, corn and chickens with a hike to the village of Tiritibol. They treated us to chicken soup and a warm night's stay in their (closed-down) clinic with a ride back up the hill to our meeting with Chitas school.

We had such a productive trip! Tiritibol has strong community leadership and will be drafting up a maintenance plan between their school committees and government representatives next month.

The next day we did a follow-up visit at Chitas' solar powered school and computer lab.  We confirmed that school kids are taking weekly typing lessons, but still have a lot to learn about computer terminology. The school committee bought a small printer for teachers to use in class and to lend out to the public, generating an income for their maintenance fund.

SEA checked up on the solar power system and gave recommendations. "The batteries are all full when school is not in session, for better health of the system, turn lights on and play the radio to make the village a little more fun." The consistent charging and discharging of solar batteries lengthens their lifespan.

The Chitas Solar School is such a success that the Tiritibol community next door is anxious to get electrified too.

Please help us fund Tiritibol's School Solar Project by making a donation today! 

SEA reviewing the solar power
SEA reviewing the solar power
Tiritibol Community
Tiritibol Community
ATC Impact Highlights 2012 - 2017
ATC Impact Highlights 2012 - 2017

You have been an important source of support for Mayan Power and Light. We are a small, grassrooots organization, so donations from individuals like you covers up to 50% of our projects! We literately couldn't share the solar solution in Guatemala without you!

In 2018, we are all set up to train 40 rural women across Guatemala in microbusiness skills, personal empowerment, and solar power so they can spread the word about solar power to an additional 15,000 people in schools, community centers and municipal governments. These solar women help make clean energy available to all.

Next month we continue teaching 32 at-risk teenageers advanced solar tech training with an introduction to sales, so they can learn how to be solar installers or solar salespeople!  

2018 is our big opportunity amplify our work to create to 40 womens solar microbusinesses! We need $18,000 to make sure the program begins next year. Will you help us meet our mark?

Please help us this #GivingTuesday November 28th, 2017!  Consider making a monthly donation and please share our project with your friends! 

This #GivingTuesday, Globalgiving is offering a 100% match on all recurring donations under $200 (after the 3rd month of giving).

 

With much appreciation for you, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving too!

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Laptop Drive Flyer
Laptop Drive Flyer

It started out with solar power. 

Solar power for lights. For music in the classroom. For the teacher's laptop and projector. 

And life was changed. 

Then, as in all technological developments, the next new need appeared. 

If we have solar power, and we have access to internet through our cell phones, can we start a computer program?

Rural schools in non-electrified communities have few books, few desks, a teacher for a class of 35 or 40 children. The first school to install solar power and a laptop computer lab was in Chitas, Quiche.  Suddenly the isolated village of 300 subsistance farmers were sending their children to learn to type in computer class. 

The second school to ask about computers was in 2016, the same afternoon we finished installing solar power. This school is near a road, even has some electrical connections, but the elementary school has no computers, leaving their graduates at a major disadvantage when entering high school. 

A laptop drive is just the thing: a small donation of a basic laptop computer can teach up to 60 kids a year, giving them a chance to learn modern communication and information finding skills. 

ATC's First Used Laptop Drive ends November 30th, 2018.  

Please mail your used laptop to: The Appropriate Technology Collaborative

                                                     3765 Plaza Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Please include a return address, phone or email so we can thank you for your donation!

Contact us with any questions or concerns!

 

Circuits & Solar Workshop
Circuits & Solar Workshop

You made this happen!

Solar Tech Training for 17 Girls and 21 Boys gives hands-on STEM education to set these kids up for jobs in the solar industry! 

CEIPA is a non-profit school for working children - children who have aged out of public school because they have to work to support themselves and their families.

With an all-girls Circuits & Solar class, we helped them overcome gender barriers to electrical skills. 

The highschool-aged girls installed 190 Watts Emergency Back-up Solar on CEIPA's administrative offices to increase effectiveness despite frequent black outs.

The boys's group installed 1100 Watts of Grid-tied Solar Power at the school's organic agriculture training site. The solar power will be used to run the water pump, reducing monthly electrical costs to almost zero!

Now we're preparing to teach these kids Advanced Solar Tech and Intro to Microbusiness, so they can earn a living with dignified work!

Can you help us pay our solar teachers?  

Please give this Thursday, October 5th for Globalgiving matching funds to keep this amazing program growing!

Panels ready for the roof!
Panels ready for the roof!
Grid-tied system with microinverters
Grid-tied system with microinverters
Rosie and Debora tackle their publicity project
Rosie and Debora tackle their publicity project

Remember how SEA was formed as Mayan Power and Light’s first solar social business? Rosi does. She has been co-owner of SEA since 2013. She has been learning and serving ever since.

Rosi is 38 yearl-old single woman. She lives with her brothers and sisters outside Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city.

Before starting-up Soluciones Energeticas Apropiadas, Rosi managed up to 30 women weavers, setting designs, selecting threads and ensuring quality output. This was a family business, shared amongst several brothers and sisters.

With the help of ATC, she started-up her solar company with her brother Jose (solar technician) and Debora (Accounting) and Natalia (Sales). Rosi says she loves selling solar power because she is concerned about the environment and wants to help people afford clean energy.

Rosi became recognized as an excellent customer service communicator. Trained by her brother in solar technology, she took the lead managing the shop and welcoming client inquiries. She supported rural solar saleswomen with logistics to receive solar products in isolated towns.

After two years, she took her first computer class and began managing SEA's publicity on Facebook. Now she’s taking a web design course to up-the-ante on their graphics and online presence in their website.

Now Rosi and the SEA team are delving into providing grid-tied solar power solutions, enabling urban homes and businesses to invest in clean energy. Specializing in grid-tied solar open up urban clients with the promise of energy savings and ecological living in cities.

 

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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
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Project Leader:
John Barrie
Ann Arbor, MI United States
$75,572 raised of $90,000 goal
 
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