Maya Pedal: bikemachines for economic and social sustainability of rural areas

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Maya Pedal is an NGO founded in Guatemala in order to support the economy and the very sustainability of the rural area, the group provides solutions to local needs for energy self-sufficiency.

By reusing bicycles that are unused or abandoned, this group rehabilitates and becomes machines aimed at facilitating the daily activities of social groups away from conventional energy sources.

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“In 1997 the association began recycling remnants of bicycles to transform them into bikemachines. The bikemachines are washing machines, mixers or shredders pedal, which exploit the kinetic energy to eliminate the need for fuel and electricity. Also can be used as water pumps, with the ability to extract 30 liters of water per minute from wells to 30 meters (electronic pumps reach only 12 meters). “

What Are Bicimáquinas?

Bikemachines are pedal-powered machines that assist with a variety of jobs in the home, on the farm, on the road and in small businesses. Each bikemachine is handmade in our workshop using a combination of old bikes, concrete, wood, and metal. So far, we have developed several original designs that have proven to be both functional and economical.”



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