About Us

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).

Our Mission

To empower our local communities by providing knowledge and access to appropriate technology to create sustainable solutions for local businesses, agriculture, and citizens regarding access to clean water, electricity, and pollution.

What Is Appropriate Technology?

The Merriam-Webster definition is “technology that is suitable to the social and economic conditions of the geographic area in which it is to be applied, is environmentally sound, and promotes self-sufficiency on the part of those using it.”

In our case this includes Bici-Maquinas (pedal-powered machines), Bio-sand water filters, and much much more. See Our Projects for more information.

The Benefits of Appropriate Technology

There are many benefits of using appropriate technology in the context of small, local communities.

  • Often much cheaper than conventional methods for local applications
  • Built user-friendly and intuitive to learn and repair
  • Durable and built to last
  • Use renewable energy and recycled materials
  • Designed or adapted specifically for the needs of each community

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

Emai: mayapedal@gmail.com

Phone: +502 7849-5519

Cel: +502 4295-1480

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