Bici-Tec is a social enterprise centered around the design and application of bicycle machine technology. Bicimáquinas – bicycle-powered machines – are labour-saving, human-powered and culturally appropriate technology for rural areas. Designs include: deep well water pumps, maize degrainers and grinders, blenders, vegetation choppers, and coconut shredders. Bicimáquinas are a middle ground between the artisanal and the industrial, and offer a sustainable and appropriate energy option for small farmers and producers.
Carlos Marroquín has supported sustainable rural development for nearly 20 years by designing, fabricating, promoting and distributing appropriate bici-technology. Carlos’ bicimáquinas (bicycle machines) are designed to simplify and enhance rural livelihoods and to assist the growth of entrepreneurial income. Carlos’ vision is for Bici-Tec to grow into an international school of appropriate technology, which will house an educational facility of bicycle technology, and be a center for community-building and the passing on of Mayan traditional knowledge.
Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) partners with Bici-Tec to provide donated bicycles from the Boston area, along with technical assistance to support Bici-Tec to develop a sustainable model. Bikes Not Bombs aims to support bicimáquina technology to grow in Guatemala and to spread internationally.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab assists Bici-Tec with technical collaborations and business model development. D-Lab also provides ongoing support in areas ranging from web development to the documentation of bicimáquina design plans.