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That's right!  

Sustainia 100 has chosen Mayan Power and Light over 1,500 projects and technologies to promote our innovative program to investors, business leaders, politicians, and consumers!  

                               THANKS TO YOU, GlobalGiving Donors!

We couldn't have come this far without our amazing individual donors chipping in to get our brand new solution off the ground.  

It was risky, it was hard, we faced challenges, we found solutions. As a team of go-getters and problem solvers, the MPL team in the US and Guatemala had to give it everything we had to get this ball rolling.

This is no exageration. You made it possible for us to create this award winning program to strengthen local economies sustainably, and with equal access for women.

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Circuits and Solar training for 175 Guatemalan women, with specific information about environmentally sustainable appropriate technologies.
  • Kick-starting 13 small businesses in rural Guatemala since 2015.  These women entrepreneurs now serve 10,000 people, selling solar panels, clean cook stoves, and other appropriate technology at prices that are affordable for rural agricultural workers.
  • Incubating Soluciones Energeticas Apropiadas (SEA), a self-sustaining small business with six employees, providing small-scale solar panels and large solar power systems in rural Guatemalan villages.
  • Providing clean cook stoves to families in rural Guatemala.  These concrete-cast stoves burn less fuel, with significantly less indoor air pollution, than conventional models, saving money for low-income families and improving their health at the same time.

 

Your continued support keeps Mayan Power and Light growing.  Sign up as a Monthly Donor to keep our training program running on schedule. 

 

About the Sustainia 100

These 100 pioneering projects, initiatives, and technologies at the forefront of sustainable innovation have been selected from more than 1,500 candidates. By identifying leading solutions in ten key sectors, Sustainia100 gives investors, business leaders, politicians, and consumers detailed insights into the projects and technologies within their field of interest.

The solutions in the Sustainia100 are readily available, have the potential to scale up across markets, and impact society on the triple bottom line of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. This year, solutions that are making a contribution to climate resilience or mitigation are also highlighted for their climate benefit. 

Sustainia has adopted a systematic approach to finding solutions in concert with a global sustainability community. Entrepreneurs from 74 countries submitted their projects to Sustainia’s call for solutions. These submissions are supplemented by extensive research carried out to ensure geographic and sector diversity.

Finally, the solutions are carefully vetted and selected using five evaluation criteria, (Readily Available, Scalable, Positive Environmental Impact, Financially Viable, Improve Quality of Life), in consultation with the Sustainia100 Advisory Board, consisting of 25 sector experts from 18 global research organizations.

 

The Sustainia Jury:

Acumen Fund,

Blood Orange Consulting,

Climate-KIC,

Copenhagen Institute on Risk and Sustainability,

Cornell University,

Ellen MacArthur Foundation,

EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung

Federal University of Paraná,

United Nations World Food Programme,

University of California, Berkeley,

World Resources Institute,

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF),

Yale University

Natural Resources Defense Council,

Nordic Fashion Association

Fatima, 16 year old solar saleswomen and installer
Fatima, 16 year old solar saleswomen and installer
Community Solar Class
Community Solar Class
Solar panels go up on Community Meeting Hall
Solar panels go up on Community Meeting Hall

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Fatima working on a 80W Solar System at CCDA
Fatima working on a 80W Solar System at CCDA

Fatima is 16 years old. She's from a village surrounded by large coffee fincas and small-holder farmers on the slopes of Volcan Atitlan. She joined Mayan Power and Light in november 2016, just before starting high school. During the workshop, Fatima was quiet and reserved.  But once December hit, Fatima distributed solar product faster than anyone! 

How? She accepts micro-payments. With over Q5,000 of small-scale solar products and LED lightbulbs distributed in her community, Fatima is collecting monthly payments as her neighbours benefit from clean affordable lighting!

Fatima really got in the game during our volunteer-funded solar demonstration project last week. She was under direct instruction from our lead Engineer, Jose, where she hooked up a 245W solar panel and a battery bank. She taught our international volunteers how to install light fixtures and run wires. She's getting confident! 

Now Fatima is back in school, she schedules visits to neighboring towns to make sales on the weekend. What is she studying in school? Business Management.  When I asked her why, she exclaimed "I love sales!" 

Fatima's success is a collaboration of a big community of educators, program designers and donors like you. Thank you for joining our team in creating Opportunity By Design.

Please help us provide more support to 8 more microbusinesswomen farther afield in Eastern Guatemala.

Across the country from our original MPL business, SEA, our Eastern Guatemala businesswomen urgently need more training in sales strategy. Give today to Boost your donation!

Today's GlobalGiving Matching Funds will pay for 4-6 sales training visits across the country in 2016. 

That's just $2,000 to empower 8 women to provide clean energy for over 1000 families every year. And they'll keep on doing so every year from now on!

Fatima and Jose, engineer, hooking up 245W system
Fatima and Jose, engineer, hooking up 245W system
Fatima installing LED security lights w volunteer
Fatima installing LED security lights w volunteer
Fatima and volunteer hang out by their 245W panel
Fatima and volunteer hang out by their 245W panel

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Analy and Lidia Celebrate in Solar Class
Analy and Lidia Celebrate in Solar Class

Wow! We made it!

Thank you so much for supporting Mayan Power and Light as we lifted this innovative project off the ground on a shoestring budget.  It's been amazng to see our solar saleswomen step up to this opportunity in their first month of business this December.  

We've all been working really hard for this. And we want to share with you, what you've helped us achieve so far, and how wide our horizons are as we look into the future.  

Watch our video to learn more about what YOU made possible this year and next.  

We've come so far this year and we wouldn't have made ends meet without our individual donors on GlobalGiving. 

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Delia and Analy in Circuits and Solar class
Delia and Analy in Circuits and Solar class

Thank you for supporting Mayan Power and Light in 2015-2016, as 11 women plus 2 young boys start their first microbusiness providing affordable clean energy in rural communities.

From November 14, 2015 to November 20, 2015, we held a weeklong solar and business training class for 24 women and girls from Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Cobán, Quiché, Sololá, and Suchitepequez.

Mayan Power and Light 2015 training program was held as a weeklong camp at the CCDA´s agricultural training center at their coffee cooperative center. Women and girls aged 13 to 43 stayed in dorms, shared 3 meals a day and trained in solar and business skills together. By the end of the week, meaningful friendships were formed.

The women and girls, identified by CCDA Agricultural Technics, come from isolated farming communities in remote regions of Guatemala. In these communities, few have been lucky enough to graduate primary school, with even fewer passing high school. Their communities rely on small-scale agriculture and day-labor on nearby fincas.   With little access to education, financial services and legal assistance, women and girls are the poorest of the poor in these marginalized rural communities.

For most participants, MPL is the first time they will earn their own income.

To start off the virtuous cycle of a sustainable economy, we educated women and girls from these communities to provide the social service of affordable and accessible clean energy while empowering women and girls with their first try at a microbusiness.  In communities where income earning opportunities are few and the demand for lighting is high, Mayan Power and Light creates a system where beneficiaries are serving beneficiaries in a self-sustaining program.

Mayan Power and Light provides un-electrified communities with access to affordable solar lighting, while supporting the local economy and women´s economic participation.

Read our Special Year-End Report for the whole story on our amazing Mayan Women's Solar Business Camp and the impacts we've made as rural girls and women earn their own income while serving community need for solar energy. 

Josefina from Coban
Josefina from Coban
Solar Installation at Nueva Amanecer public school
Solar Installation at Nueva Amanecer public school

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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
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