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Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
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US Solar Company partners with ATC
US Solar Company partners with ATC

Despite all our differences in culture, political perspectives and ways of life: we're all in this together.

Earth Day reminds us of our global interdependence and the required global cooperation to protect the environment.

Raising public awareness of clean energy alternatives is imperative in both the developed and developing world.

So, on top of solar education in Guatemala, ATC is now offering Circuits & Solar workshops in Ann Arbor, MI to share the same basic skills of solar and electrical circuits to empower people to manage their own home solar power systems. These workshops break knowledge barriers to encourage personal investment in solar technology and supports the movement towards a more sustainable energy economy. Contact us to join an upcoming workshop in Ann Arbor!

Change for Earth: Please give now to boost with 60% matching funds supporting renewable energy!

 

 

School Teachers learn Circuits & Solar
School Teachers learn Circuits & Solar
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Local and International Solar Volunteers
Local and International Solar Volunteers

Chitas Elementary School is electrified!

March 1, 2017 The Mayan Power and Light team came together with community members to install 490 Watts of solar power and set up 8 laptop computers, bringing an isolated community in touch with modern communications!

150 school children and 600 people in their village have a brighter life! Before they had empty, dark classrooms and no lights for evening homework. Now, they run a laptop computer lab, a community charge center, classroom lights, projectors, music players, nighttime meetings and family movie screenings!

The community was extremely well organized and dedicated to the project. They built furniture for the school computer lab, they did electrical work, they installed new security bars, they fed our solar team and housed us at their community hall. Ensuring a sustainable project, they set up a Solar Committee, created a special savings account and wrote a long-term fundraising plan to maintain equipment and internet connection!

Fatima, our star solar saleswoman traveled 8 hours from her home to learn advanced solar installation with Solar Tech Experts from Sunsense Solar in Colorado. Elias, Josefina's husband volunteered on her behalf while she's caring for her new baby. His volunteership and effort to learn solar demonstrated his great support for his wife's microbusiness. 

This is our first of many solar school computer labs with Mayan Power and Light. 

                 You can to help us do more!

  • Donate $10 by March 15th to help us win a spot in GlobalGiving's Girl Fund!
  • Start a Used Laptop Drive!

How?

1. Mobilize your workmates to bring in used laptops by a specific deadline!

2. Ask your workplace IT person to update computer software, virus scans, clear memory, passwords and private information and change the operating system to Spanish!

3.  Mail Laptops to:

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
3765 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

4. Contact us to find out which school is getting your laptops!

Teachers learn Circuits and Solar
Teachers learn Circuits and Solar
a new solar committee will maintain this system
a new solar committee will maintain this system
Rural children learn to use computers
Rural children learn to use computers
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Carmelina
Carmelina

Thanks to our precious GlobalGiving donors, the Mayan Power and Light team was able to adjust to unexpected changes and pull off a better social program that served the needs of the most isolated, low-income people in Guatemala.  Your support  helped us train 158 people in solar technology, and serve 11,399 people with solar lighting!

You got us this far, please consider helping us keep our program running with a monthly donation.

 

It helped me overcome my economic conditions and my knowledge about solar systems.   - Josefina

 

Gaging our qualitative impact based on the Grassroots Development Framework, Mayan Power and Light made a considerable impact on the lives of these women. 

They earned respect and esteem in their communities.

  • Carmelina wired up the solar panel to turn on her town’s first light bulbs in their only public building.   
  • Neighbors looked to Fatima for help in her community’s Circuits and Solar training.
  • Neighbors witnessed Fatima’s skills installing solar on their town meeting hall
  • Fatima’s mother, Julia, marveled about how people really look up to her and see her working hard to sell solar products.

They developed self-confidence to engage in public life with a stronger voice.

  • They began to travel across country for the first time. Fatima, Delia, Carmelina and Josefina traveled to Xela for training.
  • Fatima, 16, started travelling across the country for the first time, alone! She went to Xela several times for follow-up training and to pick up merchandise for urgent customers.
  • Fatima helped teach Circuits & Solar to community members and volunteers in three solar installations.
  • Natalia traveled across country for the first time with her baby to give sales support to other rural Mayan women. 
  • They posted their own advertisements on Facebook and passed out leaflets.
  • They spoke about social issues and the environment to clients and community members.

They increased their income from zero and invested in their family’s education and nutrition.

  • Though their income varied extremely according to the season, they made on average of Q948 per month.
  • The highest income earner was Delia with an average Q1,775.00 per month; lowest Q0.00, highest month Q10,500.00 in November 2016.
  • Fatima used her November 2016 income to pay for next year’s Diversificado in Business Management.  She will bring new skills to Mayan Power and Light.
Fatima
Fatima
Mentoring Girls
Mentoring Girls

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First time wiring up a solar kit
First time wiring up a solar kit

Yup. ATC is feeling pretty cool right now. 

Globalgiving picked our project to promote to their Project of the Month Club where hundreds of people collectively donate to a new project every month.

Why did they pick us?

They visited our projects twice in two years and were wow'ed every time!

1. GlobalGiving reps interviewed our star solar saleswoman, Fatima, as she installed solar on her town's meeting hall.  

2. They participated in our volunteer solar installation project and were impressed by our community engagement in the project, how much leadership local volunteers took in wiring up the building.

3. They visited our multi-panel solar power system on the technical training center, CECAP in Santa Cruz la laguna, and our solar installation on the pre-school in Tzanjomel.  

4.They asked us tons of questions about how we work with communities and partner organizations to make sure our programs are sustainable and maintained. 

...And it looks like we passed with flying colors.

Help Mayan Power and Light rock-on in 2017.  #GivingTuesday is coming up and Matching Donations at 50%!

Our 2017 Goals:

12-15 buidings electrified with solar, includes 1-2 grid-tied systems

24 women trained in microbusiness skills and solar technology

100 people trained in Circuits and Solar 

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Fatima, solar saleswoman teaches other girls
Fatima, solar saleswoman teaches other girls

Last month, ATC and our solar team installed 160Watts of solar power on the community building at Finca la Florida, a sustainable agricultural community near Colomba, Quetzaltenango.

This community of 40 poor farming families advocated for their rights to land by taking over an abandoned coffee plantation. Over the last 10 years, they have created an incredible food security system by diversifying their agriculture to produce food year round.  Miles from the nearest town, the community has no electricity and is dependent on candles and kerosene to see. 

Funded by a Canadian Interact club, the solar installation included a community Circuits and Solar workshop and engaged community members and our young Interact volunteers to install the solar system together. 

Over 336 community members now have access to charge batteries, phones, and lanterns.

Their meeting hall now has lights at night and energy for community movie screenings.

7 rural girls and 10 rural boys learned about electricity, circuits and solar power theory and practical skills. They applied their learning theory to their own 10-watt solar system and then installed the community system together. 

Another stellar example of sustainable community development through skills training and appropriate infrastructure!

Help our programs stabilize and grow! 

Committing to a monthly donation keeps our solar education program going. Fatima and 6 other solar saleswomen are almost ready to run their own workshops. Help us get them there! 

Community members hook up solar components
Community members hook up solar components
Volunteers and community members work together
Volunteers and community members work together
Solar panels going up!
Solar panels going up!
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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
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Monika Goforth
Ann Arbor, MI United States
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