Apply to Join

Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Play Video
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
Mayan Power and Light
Mayan Power and Light
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!


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


Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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

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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Learning Solar
Learning Solar

Hi Appropriate Technology Collaborators! 

We've got a big fundraising opportunity Today Tuesday, April 14 and we need your help!

Please Donate Early - Donations Made Early Are Most Likely to Get The Microsoft 50% Match.  

Your early donations also help us receive donations from other organizations that fund GlobalGiving.

Microsoft YouthSpark is matching donations made from 9am EST to midnight, or until funds run out.   Last year many of you generous supporters helped us reach $6,270 in one big push, keeping our Mayan Power and Light women's empowerment classes and our electrical circuits and solar classes open to the public.  

And with matching donations from Microsoft, your donations will go even further.
 I'm hoping you can help us keep the momentum to do it again this year.
Mayan Power and Light is up and growing, with 2 women's solar businesses in operation and more on the way. Our new grassroots AppTech project with the "Bee Boys" is ready to implement,  we just need $2,500 to train 15 self-motivated rural youth in carpentry, welding, advanced beekeeping and business. 
Right now,  we are feeling a sense of urgency in getting funding for the "Bee Boys" Honey Cooperative as we are scheduled to start their training program on June 27
jeremias and giovani
The Bee Boys

Nov MPL Workshop 6
Mayan Power and Light

I hope you can help provide important technical training to Mayan rural youth by making a donation of any amount to one of our YouthSpark programs (Mayan Power and Light or the Bee Boys).

Please also share your intentions to donate with your work friends, social network, friends, anyone you like. Word of mouth is so important for people to know the impact of their donations. 

To Do:

1. Set your cell phone alarms for Today at 9:00am EST to ensure your donation received matching funds. 
2. Go to the links below to pick your favorite ATC YouthSpark Project:

Clearly, I really care about making these empowering programs available to my young friends around Lake Atitlan. If there is anything I can do to bring these communities' stories closer to you I'd love to have a conversation with you.

Many thanks for your continued support, we send you all our best wishes from Guatemala.

Monika Goforth
Guatemala Program Manager
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
Tel: (502) 5199-9632
Bee Boys
Bee Boys
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Thank you so much for helping start more women's micro-businesses in Guatemala.

And since you've done such a good job, The Appropriate Technology Collaborative is extending our programs in Guatemala to provide solar education and women's empowerment workshops to over 200 Mayan women in 2 years!

Collaborating with local grassroots organizations and two Guatemalan social venture businesses, we will be creating jobs for 30 rural women in solar technology sales.    

ATC wrapped up the year 2014 with:

  • 2 new women's solar businesses under incubation

  • 60 more women educated in solar power installation;

  • 6 solar panel systems installed on 6 community buildings (includes: daycare centers, coffee cooperatives, public schools)

Now, we're ready for more!  

ATC is now working with the San Pablo Youth Group's Beekeeping Cooperative to help grow their organic honey cooperative business. Boys support women's equality too.  The Youth Group took action in November 2014, raising discussion on gender equality in the home through public theater.

We are so proud to know and work with such a well-organized social changers.

Check out their story on GlobalGiving:

Or work with them! June 27th – July 5th, 2015 Learning-by-Building a Honey Extractor

For more information about volunteering with ATC, check out ATC's Solar and Natural Building Projects in Guatemala. Meet our team and associate community organizers, learn how to install solar power systems on a community building, and increase access to solar power in Guatemala's rural highlands.  

2015 Trip dates: 
May 2 – 10 (Solar and Natural Building)
June 27 – July 5 (Honey Extractor)
August 1 – 9 (Solar and Natural Building)


Wishing you and your loved ones an empowered International Women's Day,

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Installing a multi-panel solar power system
Installing a multi-panel solar power system

In 2015 we will be adding to the Mayan Power and Light (MPL) program.  In addition to teaching about electricity, circuits and solar power, and in addition to starting Mayan woman owned solar businesses, we are looking to add classes and business incubation about other essential technologies.


Guatemalan indigenous women are the poorest of the poor, achieving the lowest ratings in education (only 39% of Mayan women are literate vs. 77% of non-indigenous women) and job opportunities due to cultural, economic, geographic and structural barriers.

Our Response:

In response to multi-sectoral barriers to indigenous women's advancement, Mayan Power and Light will utilize the Asset-Based Community Development model in a 3-Phased scalable program to empower indigenous rural women in Guatemala. In collaboration with a community-integrated campesino organization (CCDA), locally owned Social Venture Capital Businesses (SVCs), and an international Appropriate Technology organization, indigenous women will lead community development with access to training and income opportunities in the following phases. Phase 1: Awareness raising on women's rights, nutrition and sexual health; Phase 2: Technical training in solar and essential technologies (solar, clean cookstoves and water filters) business; Phase 3: Start-up of rural, essential technology micro-businesses.

This unique collaboration of a grassroots-based campesino organization with SVCs and essential  technologies improves upon existing programs because it aims to 1)  ally indigenous grassroots organizations, SVCs and an international appropriate technology organization to 2) grow a green rural economy led by women.  MPL is designed to start a social trend in women's equal economic participation supported by essential technology businesses.

Each component of this proposal, women's empowerment, business development and the "essential technologies" of solar power, clean cookstoves, and potable water provide measurable benefits.  Together they promote gender equity, health, education and financial empowerment. 

We believe the combination of empowerment and essential technologies will break the cycle of poverty.

Our Goals:   

Specific Problem: 75% of indigenous (Mayan) Guatemalans live in poverty with indigenous females experiencing the lowest school enrollment rates and the highest geographic and gender-based cultural barriers to jobs. The lack of income generating opportunities for indigenous women constrains their ability to invest in their families' health and education, keeping indigenous communities trapped in poverty.

Goal #1) To create avenues for indigenous women's empowerment and equal participation in a sustainable, rural economy that provides essential services for the whole community.

Goal #2) To undergo a detailed, participatory investigation into cultural, economic and structural barriers  to gender equity in Guatemalan indigenous communities and assess changing attitudes towards women's participation in income generation. 

Mayan Power and Light is growing.  We are a grass-roots organization that will change lives.  2015 will be an exciting year.  Stay tuned!

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
Project Leader:
Monika Goforth
Ann Arbor, MI United States
$118,338 raised of $125,000 goal
1,684 donations
$6,662 to go
Donate Now
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Appropriate Technology Collaborative has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.