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

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.

OUR FRIENDS AND VOLUNTEERS

OUR TEAM | MAYA PEDAL GUATEMALA

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Mario Juarez

Director and Legal Representative
Mario Juarez Siquinajay, an original founder of Maya Pedal, is today its CEO.  Mario is the day-to-day effervescent, driving force, who’s steadfast will keeps all around motivated to do the good work of Maya Pedal.
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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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DAVE RENFROW

Project Coordinator USA

“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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Shop mechanic

Lynneal Williams

Hostel and visitor coordinator
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Shop mechanic

Melody Juarez

Public presentor
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Assistant to the CEO

Dana

Public Presentor

our bicimaquinas stand out in all the world

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.

WHAT WE DO IN MAYA PEDAL?

Economic Empowerment

Basic Housing

Leadership

Bicycle Machines

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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.

POWER THE PEDAL FOR THE PEOPLE

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