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).
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.
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.
There are many benefits of using appropriate technology in the context of small, local communities.
Maya Pedal’s relationship with Rotary is primarily related to clean water. This international organization has 1.2 million members.
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.
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.
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.