WELCOME TO MAYA PEDAL GUATEMALA

ABOUT MAYA PEDAL

Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO based in San Andrés Itzapa. We accept bicycle donated from the USA and Canada which we either recondition to sell, or we use the components to build a range of “Bicimaquinas”, (pedal powered machines).

WE ARE MAYA PEDAL

BICYCLE MACHINES

Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered machines that assist with a variety of jobs in the home, on the farm, on the road and in small businesses. So far, we have developed several original designs that have proven to be both functional and economical.

ABOUT OUR BICIMAQUINAS

HOSTEL MAYA PEDAL

Maya Pedal is renowned for innovative pedal machines made with bicycles; water pumps, corn mills, grain mills, coffee grinders and more. Cyclists receive a free night with their tent on the property at the Maya Pedal.

LIVE A NEW EXPERIENCE

WHY BICYCLES?

Maya Pedal believes the simple solutions are usually the best solutions.

Bicycle machines, bicimaquinas are appropriate technology for communities where electric energy is not available or not affordable.

Bicycle machines are relatively inexpensive, user maintained and repaired, and emit no pollution.

Leg driven pedal power machines generate about 5 times the energy and productivity as arm powered machines and are generally 20 times faster than hand work.

The Mayan culture is one of the last remaining opportunities to preserve indigenous culture.  Despite 500 years of colonial rule, a 36 year civil war, the Mayan culture faces its greatest challenge today; adapting in the 21st century.

WHY WE DO

 

200,000 families are without clean water in Guatemala. Other Central American countries report similar numbers.

Most Maya income is from subsistence farm work; share-croppers.   Average family income is $5.50 daily.

Increased income helps get kids into school and keep families together and reduce dangerous migrations to the USA for farm labor.

The Maya culture may be the world’s last best chance to preserve indigenous culture.  Despite 500 years of colonial rule, a 36 year civil war, the Maya culture faces its greatest challenge today; adapting in the 21st century.

Maya Pedal for more than 20 years provides solutions – proven, effective and simple

What are bicycle machines?

They are machines driven with pedal force, being an intermediate technology. Tool that serves to support the family economy, obtaining a higher capacity than the manual. Each bicimáquina is handcrafted in our workshop using used bicycles, concrete, wood, and metal. We have designed several models that are functional and economical.

It is a pleasure to share our designs with other organizations that work with appropriate technology.

POWER THE PEDAL FOR PEOPLE

They are machines driven with pedal force, being an intermediate technology. These machines support a family’s economy, generating a higher capacity than manual labor. Each bicycle machine is handcrafted in our workshop utilizing used bicycle components, concrete, wood, and metal. We have designed 22 models that are functional and economical.

It is our pleasure to share our designs with other organizations whom share our vision and appreciation of these machines.

For over 20 years Maya Pedal has provided effective and simple solutions. 

Partner Groups

The structure of Maya Pedal, consists of an administrative council and a board of directors (men and women) that meet every 2 months on a voluntary basis.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

Maya Pedal’s relationship with Rotary is primarily related to clean water.  This international organization has 1.2 million members.

ASSOCIATION AGRAPTO

AGRAPTO produces and markets shampoos from aloe, chamomile, basil, rosemary, rose, horsetail, noni, etc. They use Maya Pedal’s bicycle blender to manufacture their products.

ADAWA

Is a Guatemalan NGO located in Santa Lucía Lachuá, Alta Verapaz which works with 34 of surrounding communities of the Maya Q’eqchi’ heritage.  Maya Pedal and ADAWA share similar focuses including: clean water, maize harvest and maize processing.

FAO

Is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which leads efforts to defeat hunger.  FAO is located in Chiquimula and is working with Maya Pedal to develop a machine to assist jute fiber extraction from agave leaves. 

OUR OFFICE

Asociación Maya Pedal,

Cantón San Lorenzo, San Andrés Itzapa

Chimaltenango, Guatemala C.A.

Email: mayapedal@hotmail.com

Email: mayapedalusa@gmail.com

Phone: +502 7849-5519

Cel: +502 4295-1480

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