13 October 2013

Maya Pedal - Innovation for Common People

Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO based in San Andrés Itzapa. They accept bikes donated from the USA and Canada to either recondition to sell, or to use the components to build a range of "Bicimaquinas", (pedal powered machines).
Pedal power can be harnessed for countless applications which would otherwise require electricity (which may not be available) or hand power (which is far more effort). Bicimaquinas are easy and enjoyable to use. They can be built using locally available materials and can be easily adapted to suit the needs of local people. They free the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to maintain, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise.
Maya Pedal makes water pumps, grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, blenders (for making soaps and shampoos as well as food products), trikes, trailers and more.

Here are some of their  Pedal powered machines-

The Mobile Water Pump

Fits on a bike and can be taken anywhere.



Bicycle Rope Water Pump

The pedal powered water pump, lifts water at 5-10 gallons per minute from wells and boreholes up to 30 in meters depth, (compared to an electric pump that only pumps up to 12 meters deep). Provides irrigation and drinking water where electricity is not available.

Bicycle Nut-Sheller

Removes the outer-shell of macademia nuts at 7lbs per minute.

Bicycle Coffee Depulper

Removes the outer shell of the coffee bean allowing small-scale farmers to then roast their own beans in the sun. The latest model of this machine has the capacity to process 7lbs per minute.


Visit Maya Pedal Website
for more information on their innovations


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