WELCOME TO MAYA PEDAL GUATEMALA

ABOUT MAYA PEDAL

Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO based in San Andrés Itzapa. We accept bikes 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?

  1. Maya Pedal believes the simple solutions are usually the best solutions.
  2. Bike machines, bicimaquinas are appropriate technology for economies where electric energy is not available or not affordable.
  3. Bike machines are relatively inexpensive, user maintained and repaired, and emit no pollution.
  4. 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.

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
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BICYCLE MACHINES CREATED

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DAYS WORKING AND CREATING

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BENEFICIAL FAMILIES

POWER THE PEDAL FOR PEOPLE

Over 100,000 families in Guatemala lack clean water.

Neighboring countries report similar numbers.

Malnutrition effects more than 30% of children.  Farm families live on about $ 5.50 per day and many children perform manual labor instead of attending school.  Many attempt dangerous migration to the USA seeking farm work.

The Maya  people may be the last best change to preserve indigenous culture in the world.   The Maya culture, its archeology, arts, crafts, agriculture and customs have survived 500 years of colonial rule and 36 years of civil war, yet today, adapting to 21st century is the greatest challenge in the Mayan’s long history.

Maya Pedal, for over 20 years, provides solutions. Proven, effective and simple solutions

Partner Groups

The administrative structure of Maya Pedal, consists of the administrative council and a board of directors.

The board of directors are mostly of women representing partner groups.

The board meets at Maya Pedal 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 bicycle blender from Maya Pedal to manufacture their products.

ADAWA

Is a Guatemalan NGO in Santa Lucía Lachuá, Alta Verapaz and 34 surrounding communities of the Maya Q’eqchi’ heritage.  Clean water and maize harvest and processing is the primary focus for Maya Pedal and ADAWA

FAO

Is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which leads efforts to defeat hunger.  FAO in Chiquimula recently asked Maya Pedal to develop a machine to assist jute fiber extraction from agave leaves.  Other machines are planned.

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

Contact us!