Friday, April 4, 2014

2010 Curry Stone Design Prize Winner Maya

Maya Pedal, a Guatemalan non-governmental organization that reconditions used bicycles into "Bicimaquinas" or pedal powered machines, has been recognized as a winner of the 2010 Curry Stone Design Prize.

Based in the rural Guatemalan town of San Andreas Itzapas, Maya Pedal was founded by Carlos Marroquin in 1997, and has partnered with a number of international bicycle advocacy organizations to make vital machinery accessible even with limited access to traditional energy sources like electricity or gasoline. Twenty-four different kinds of bicimaquinas have been designed and manufactured by Maya Pedal, ranging from washing machines and blenders to grain mills and water irrigation devices that assist in agricultural production. Others are in the planning stage, including a new pedal-powered machine to facilitate the manufacture of animal feed.