Spotlight On: A Series on Culture & the Arts

AIDGlogo“Spotlight On” is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on all things cultural & artistic in Xela and Guatemala. This month’s topic is: AIDG, the Appropriate Technology Development Group.

XelaWho: What is AIDG’s mission?
AIDG: The Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) helps individuals and communities get affordable and environmentally friendly access to electricity, sanitation and clean water. Through a combination of business incubation, education and outreach, we help connect people with technology that will better their health and improve their lives—as well as provide access to basic services we think are crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty in the developing world. 

X: What kind of projects do you have going on right now and what initiatives are you planning for the future?
AIDG: The last few months have seen a lot of dynamic projects coming to fruition! We are really excited about the ‘rocket box’, an efficient portable wood stove that XelaTeco has just put on the market. We are working with the community of La Florida on a biodigester install that will provide methane cooking gas from animal waste, and this week we are also installing a ram pump in another worker-owned co-operative that will pump water to homes without the use of fuel or electricity. This summer we will be working on another large-scale micro-hydro project with the help of Engineers Without Borders. Additionally, we will be developing and installing new low cost small-scale wind turbines. We are always looking for new communities and local NGOs to collaborate with us on projects, so if you have any contacts that may be interested please contact us at guatemala@aidg.org.

X: What kind of volunteer opportunities are available?
AIDG: We’re always looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to get involved with AIDG through our TecoTour programs. Next month, we’ll be offering a tour program that will give participants the chance to travel with us to the communities we work in, see our work first-hand and get their hands dirty while providing some much-needed help. For more information on these tours email us at tours@aidg.org.

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