THE AMAZING BICYCLE MACHINES

 

A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT MAYA PEDAL AND ITS FOUNDATION

We are proud of the growth we have achieved in Guatemala and the help of all our volunteers from around the world who have taken us for more than 20 years to continue with the project

Maya Pedal since 2001 is a Guatemala registered owned and managed NGO. Originally assisted in 1997 by Canadian organization PEDAL, Maya Pedal  now has 20 years of experience in designing and manufacturing bicycle machines, (bike machines) for many applications. We are located in the friendly, authentic, working in the town of San Andres Itzapa, which is 75% Kaqchikel, Maya.

Our work teaches and supports increased productivity for raising family income through use of appropriate technology- bicycle machines.  Maya Pedal since 2001 is a Guatemala registered owned and managed NGO. Originally assisted in 1997 by Canadian organization PEDAL

Maya Pedal  now has 20 years of experience in designing and manufacturing bicycle machines, (bike machines) for many applications. We are located in the friendly, authentic, working in the town of San Andres Itzapa, which is 75% Kaqchikel, Maya.

Our work teaches and supports increased productivity for raising family income through use of appropriate technology- bicycle machines.

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OUR FRIENDS AND VOLUNTEERS

OUR TEAM | MAYA PEDAL GUATEMALA

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Mario Juarez

Director and Legal Representative

Mario Juarez Siquinajay, Kaqchiquel-speaking indigenous, are of Elena Siquinajay and Enrique Juarez,. Mario, co-founder of Maya Pedal along with Richard Andrews of Canada has  worked with bicimaquinas since 1998. Mario defines his dreams as providing appropriate technology, bicimaquinas, to benefit families with scarce resources in rural areas of Guatemala.

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María Veronica Buch

President

Veronica obtained her university degree in Social Work, and is a vital person in the strategies and support of Maya Pedal, for her vast experience in group management and working with girls. She is the national coordinator of Let Girls Lead, (Rise Up)  in Guatemala. Veronica is tireless in her quest to improve lives in Latin America.  She contributes her volunteer time as president of Maya Pedal.

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Melody Juarez

Presenter in public

At 15 years old, Melody already has nearly a decade of experience in the shop, office, field, and as presenter in public

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DANHA ALVARADO

Assistant & administrator

WE LOVE OUR WORK

Video oficial de Telemundo Don Francisco Te Invita. Don Francisco preparó un licuado en una bici-licuadora uno de los inventos de la Asociación Maya Pedal, en Guatemala.

Bike machines or “bicimaquinas,” are changing people’s lives in San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala. The unique stationary bicycles have been altered to function as human powered machines that can do things like blend, wash clothes, and shell nuts. Made of discarded, eco-friendly parts, they are the brainchild of locally run non-profit Maya Pedal. Not only are these machines functional and economical, they also contribute health benefits.

WHAT WE DO IN MAYA PEDAL?

Bicimaquinas are often the primary tool for self-employment.

Maya Pedal in 2017 constructed basic housing for 60 impoverished families in numerous locations in the vicinity of San Andres Itzapa. In May of 2018 we began an additional 40 homes. A primary housing related effort is to provide clean water for families, (please see tab Pedal Power for People). Projects located in more remote locations are facilitated by our partners, FAO in Chiquimula, ADAWA in Quiché and Alta Verapaz.  Hostel Maya is now open to make full use of our new volunteer quarters. Visitors and volunteers from around the world gather for interesting conversation and stimulating work. See tab for information.

Bicycle Machines for farm work, (more than 20 models)

Economic Empowerment

Maya Pedal, Agrapto, and Riseup are transforming the lives of women and girls and boys from communities in Guatemala. Added value products assist Mayans in stepping up from a primary-resource based economy.

For its part, Maya Pedal provides a variety of bicycle powered machines to reduce subsistence labor and thus raise incomes. Women and girls find equal place in the Maya Pedal shop. 

Agrapto women’s co-op markets and sells native plant products and typical fabric products and jewelry.

Simply put, less time on farm labor helps boys and girls find time for school. Educated kids make more money and better educated families stay together instead of attempting dangerous immigration seeking farm labor.

Basic Housing

In 2016-2018 Maya Pedal was engaged to identify qualified impoverished families and to construct basic housing.  Maya Pedal oversaw the construction of 60 homes in 18 neighborhoods.  In June of 2018 an construction for an additional 40 homes will commence.

Maya Pedal in 2018 is determined to provide clean water to these neighborhoods using Maya Pedal bicibomba, (water pumps) and bio-sand filters.

The image below shows hopeful people at an informational meeting and signing day with ink stamp for thumbprint in lieu of written signature, performed on boy/desk.

Leadership

Maya Pedal is closely associated with Rise Up, Let Girls Lead.

We provide safe clean quiet meeting and study space for the girls and adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17 years.

Let Girls Lead educates girls in  topics of self-esteem, human rights, political action, personal safety, sexual exploitation.

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