MPL is designed to create prosperity for the poor, protect the environment and improve quality of life through the distribution of appropriate technologies by starting up rural women’s businesses.
Create sustainable income-generating opportunities for marginalized women across Guatemala.
Bring affordable, efficient lighting solutions to low-income communities.
Expand public awareness of essential green technologies.
Empower and mobilize populations to protect the environment while improving quality of life for the poor.
Create access to Appropriate Technologies: solar power, water filters and fuel efficient stoves and low cost/low energy computing.
Expand the green economy to serve people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
Since 2008, ATC has worked with professionals and university engineering students to design appropriate solutions to common development challenges. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, our office is set in the midst of the tool library at Maker Works enabling us to access tools and resources to build new appropriate technologies.
Networks in Guatemala provide an ideal test site for appropriate technologies by collaborating with communities to design, build and test new technologies in everyday life.
We share our designs open-source from our Design Library to empower grassroots organizations with appropriate, affordable solutions to development problems. Our designs have been downloaded 7,500 times with responses from communities in Papua New Guinea, India and 41 other counties.
In 2011, ATC began exploring solar power and wind power solutions to address energy poverty in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Over the course of the following 6 years, Mayan Power and
Light was born of community requests for solar power and high demand for job opportunities for women.
ATC designed the Mayan Power and Light (MPL) program in direct partnership with local organizations and community representatives who informed our programs based on their experiences on the ground and participant feedback.