We are a Guatemalan NGO, located in the town of San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango. We started in 1997 with the work of a group of Canadians from the PEDAL organization. And as a legacy to the Guatemalan development the Maya Pedal Association was formed in 2001. We use parts of used bicycles to build Bicimáquinas that we give to individuals and groups at subsidized prices. We support small self-sustainable projects in order to preserve or improve the environment, health, productivity and economy of rural families.
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.
“I am involved because I love the integrity of the project.” The operation and management are very frugal. “The bicycle machines are simple but clever, sturdy but affordable solutions to difficult problems.”
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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.
Power Hackers, a series made in collaboration with Autodesk, profiles unexpected makers and designers who are developing creative climate solutions. This video profiles the inspiring work of Maya Pedal, a Guatemalan organization that produces “bicimaquinas,” or bicycle-powered machines. The income-generating devices range from blenders to milling machines. Along with clever engineering, director Mario Juarez has succeeded in fostering pride in the community’s work. Makeshift is a field guide to hidden creativity.
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.
Power the Pedal is a simple and economical way to help Guatemalan families to develop economically and to start a business for the sustenance of their family.