About Us

Maya Pedal started in 1997 with support from PEDAL Society of Vancouver, Canada. In 2001, we gained our NGO status and have since been operating independently in San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala. We’re mostly known for designing, building, and selling bici-maquinas (see Our Projects for more info). Additionally, we operate a bicycle shop which repairs and sells used bicycles. Though our roots lay with bicycles and bicycle technology, we’ve since recognized the need for other applications of appropriate technology (see below) in our local communities. Since 2015 we’ve expanded our efforts and have started both a clean water project and a municipal waste collection project .

Our Mission

To empower local businesses, homes, and agriculture by providing knowledge and appropriate technologies that benefit the health, education, and safety of our community

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 the case of Maya Pedal this includes Bici-Maquinas (pedal-powered machines), Bio-sand water filters, and much more.

The Benefits of Appropriate Technology

  • Often cheaper than conventional methods
  • User-friendly and easy to repair
  • Uses renewable energy and recycled materials
  • Designed or adapted specifically for the needs of each community

Our Partners

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