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Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Mayan Power and Light
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Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
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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I’m writing to share some great news! GlobalGiving has chosen to feature our project, Mayan Power and Light, as part of their GlobalGiving Global Goals initiative. In celebration of the launch of the new Sustainable Development Goals at UN Week, GlobalGiving is highlighting three projects working to achieve each new goal. They’re featuring our project because we’re one of their highest-ranked partners that’s committed to learning and effectiveness.  Hopefully this means more exposure for our organization to a broader network individual, corporate, and institutional supporters looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Please help us spread the word! Check it out here, where we’re featured under Sustainable Development Goal 7: https://www.globalgiving.org/sdg/renewable-energy/

GlobalGiving subsidizes University Solar Class
GlobalGiving subsidizes University Solar Class

The early months of 2015 seemed to be a time of financial challenge for everyone, and ATC was no exception. Approved for our legendary $40,000 Rotary Club GlobalGrant, we worked through 6 months of administrative hurdles to get the cash from the Rotary Club GlobalGrants initiative and down to the ground here in Guatemala.  While we worked through all of that, you, our GlobalGiving supporters kept the show on the road!

THANK YOU!

With your funds Mayan Power and Light broke into teaching “Circuits and Solar” at the University level!

ATC and our Solar Team, SEA Solar congratulate Faculty and Students of the Architecture and Engineering School of Mesoamerican University for taking our first University level introduction to solar class.  Students learned about electricity, circuits and solar power, including hands-on training using professional grade solar and electronic equipment.

As a Mayan social enterprise, SEA Solar distributed affordable small-scale solar to 15 rural school children, supported by their education NGO, Amigos de Guatemala. They presented their products to Mayan Families, el Comité Campesino del Altiplano, and several other national organizations. 

Mayan Power and Light is also about solar business, right? Over this year, Mayan Power and Light invested in research and development of solar equipment best suited for Guatemala´s low-income market.  The MPL team has been researching and testing solar products used in Africa and analyzing marketing strategies and cost potentialities for our specific context.  We needed this data to negotiate with el Comité Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA), in order to train women in their national network in solar sales.

In October, 24 women from across the country will do a week-long workshop learning-by-doing solar, marketing and sales. This intensive week will build powerful sales teams and networks to support each other in the distribution of affordable lighting for women´s empowerment! Taught by the SEA Solar team, by the end of the week the teachers and students are business partners with clear goals and strategies for success!

Make More Impact! Pitch in a few bucks next Wednesday September 16, 2015 for GlobalGiving Bonus Day! All donations under $1000 will be matched with 30% more funds and puts us in the running for winning the most unique donors, up to $1,500 of prize money! That money goes along way in women's microbusiness investment!

University-level Solar Class in Xela, Guatemala
University-level Solar Class in Xela, Guatemala
Teaching School Teachers about Solar
Teaching School Teachers about Solar
SEA and ATC talk sales and marketing
SEA and ATC talk sales and marketing

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University Circuits and Solar Graduates
University Circuits and Solar Graduates

Question:  What do you do when your next two Mayan Power and Light workshops are delayed?

Answer:  You teach “Circuits and Solar” at the University level, which is exactly what SEA Solar did last month.   

ATC and our Solar Team, SEA Solar congratulate Faculty and Students of the Architecture and Engineering school of the of Mesoamerican University for taking our first University level introduction to solar class.  Everyone learned about electricity, circuits and solar power, including hands-on training using professional grade solar and electronic equipment. 

SEA Solar is available to teach solar at Colleges, Universities and for NGOs anywhere in Latin America.

More information write to Info@seaguate.com

We have just been awarded a grant to provide several new Mayan Power and Light workshops and to train two groups of Mayan women entrepreneurs in sales and installation of solar power in Guatemala. 

On August 1, 2015 we will have a group of volunteers from the U.S., England and possibly Ecuador work with SEA Solar to install solar power on a pre-school in the rural western highlands of Guatemala.  Photos to follow.

Please consider a new donation to Mayan Power and Light.  We will have two new women’s businesses and we need to purchase inventory for demonstrations and sales.  With an extra $2,000 we can bulk purchase entry level solar lights which will cost less and thus help with sales.  More families will gain the incredible advantage of bright solar light instead of trying to see at night by kerosene lamps and candles. 

With your help our new businesses will have more solar hardware to sell, they will purchase it at a lower price and they can sell at a lower price.  Bulk purchasing makes it possible for Mayan Power and Light businesses to become self-sustaining.

 

Thank you,

 

John Barrie

Learning Solar 2
Learning Solar 2
Homework by Candle Light
Homework by Candle Light
Homework by Solar Light
Homework by Solar Light
 

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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
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John Barrie
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