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 provides facilites and is closely associated with several local improvement organizations and groups such as Rise Up, Let Girls Lead, which provides training in advocacy and human rights leading to economic empowerment for women and girls. Let Girls Lead also addresses the topic of garbage litter and environmental education through participating in the campaigns Clean Guatemala. Our partner group Agrapto, a women owned co-op produces and sells «typical», (native plant based) shampoos with the help of Maya Pedal machines, and Agrapto manufactures and sells fabric products, which augment the basic family agrarian based income.
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 Quiche 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.
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