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Catch up with ATC Tonight, Wednesday September 21 7:00 PM at the Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104. Monika Goforth, our Guatemala Program Director will be presenting "Innovating Development" with a focus on Appropriate Technology empowers communities. We will also present our plans for our Solar Detroit project. ... See MoreSee Less

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Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice shared their event.

With electricity people are healthier, kids do better in school, women's employment goes up and entrepreneurship and income increase. Join us tomorrow (Wednesday) for a special presentation by our friends at The Appropriate Technology Collaborative to hear about how this project in Guatemala makes a difference to families in Detroit.
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Mayan Power and Light - Programs that Save Lives

Sep 21, 7:00pm

Friends Meeting House - 1420 Hill St

Monika Goforth, Program Director for the Appropriate Technology Collaborative (ATC) will present a lively and informative talk on her experience heading the Mayan Power and Light program at 7:00 on September 21 in the Meeting room. John Barrie, Executive Director of ATC, will also share how he is working to create a related program in Detroit. Come learn about how ATC’s approach to development empowers communities to solve local problems with local resources and increase sustainability by developing renewable energy. The talk is sponsored by the Climate Change & Earth Care Task Force of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice. Mayan Power and light is among the world’s top 100 leaders in global sustainability according to Sustainia, a Copenhagen‑based firm working in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Program. Monika will tell us how ATC is working with poor rural communities in Guatemala to identify problems and create opportunity by producing technologies and programs that increase well-being, health and financial security. ATC’s work in Guatemala contributes to indigenous women’s empowerment and develops solar power to create opportunity, reduce poverty and improve health. John’s work in Detroit will create solar jobs and affordable clean energy. This presentation will address: Successful social ventures; indigenous women’s empowerment; solar power to create opportunity, reduce poverty, and improve health; creating jobs with affordable clean energy; and creating solar jobs in Detroit. To learn more about the Appropriate Technology Collaborative or the Mayan Power and Light project, visit ATC's Facebook page at, or visit ATC's website at

ATC will be consulting on a water project in Nigeria! First meeting with U of M Dearborn students and Profs is next week. ... See MoreSee Less

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative shared Volunteer Travel With The Appropriate Tech. Collaborative's post.

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ATC summer volunteer, Dr. Diana Wong*, teaches (and learns) sewing techniques at the Konojel women's sewing coop. *Dr. Wong is president of the ATC Board of Directors.

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The Appropriate Technology Collaborative added 2 new photos.

Carlos is shown here working on our first set of solar LED lights in 2008. In the 8 years since, the cost of an LED bulb has dropped to just 4% of what an LED bulb cost then. For us to make a solar light affordable we had to design our own circuit boards and solder in LEDs. The work on solar lighting circuits back in 2008 helped us understand the trade-offs that make systems brighter and lower cost. If you spend an extra buck to get 15% more efficient LEDs, then you can save $3.00 using a smaller solar panel, etc.
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Development Work in Guatemala, Nicaragua and India.

Development Work in Guatemala, Nicaragua and India.