The Amazing Bicycle Machines of Guatemala
Since 1997, Maya Pedal, a Guatemalan owned NGO has designed and manufactured pedal-powered machines from used bicycles. Bicycle machines, bicycle machines, become water pumps, corn cobbers, grain mills, coffee bean de-pulpers, concrete roof tile maker and more.
- reduce farm labor
- raise income
- provide clean wate
- create small businesses
- Maya Pedal believes simple solutions are usually the best solutions, even for complex problems.
- Bicycles are appropriate technology for economies where electric energy is not available or not affordable.
- Bike machines are relatively inexpensive, user maintained and repaired, and emit no pollution.
- Leg driven pedal powered machines generate about 5 times the energy and productivity as arm powered machines and are generally 20 times faster than hand work.
“Thankful to God and the people who support us to continue helping many people in rural areas.”
“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.”