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Appropriate Technology:

Appropriate technologies are small scale, environmentally-sound and locally repairable solutions that make use of local skills and resources to provide for basic human needs with dignified work.

Who We Are

We are an international community of Engineers, architects, business professionals, development experts, students, and volunteers
working together to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

What We Do

We design and distribute appropriate Technologies to address enduring problems in poverty.
Technical Training and Social Business programs spread awareness and access to solutions that protect public health and the environment.

Our Approach

We collaborate with community leaders to design and Test innovative appropriate technologies to serve basic needs.

Complemented with social business coaching, technologies generate income at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

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What They Say?


ATC engages local communities and empowers women to improve their own lives. They do this work on a shoe string and yet have had a tremendous impact. When women's lives improve so do the lives of their children, the entire community benefits for generations to come. I can't think of a better way to invest my resources. In Guatemala a little goes a very long way.
                                                                                               - Karin Tice, Formative Evaluation Research Associates
I'm proud of these women for learning new technology skills to go with their beautiful artistic skills. I hope for their lives to get better and better.
- Martha G.
We have a long time commitment to John and this organization and to John's family who has so strongly supported him in this work. Also and very importantly the justice focus of this work along with the very creative use of technology and linking it all to oppressed people in the third world as well as here in the U.S./Detroit. One can't find many giving opportunities as "right-on" as this one. - Jim Crowfoot
My ATC volunteering experience drove home the fact that no one can take for granted their access to basics like clean water, education, and health care. I think it's important for everyone to experience different ways of life, to understand the vast differences and many commonalities we share across the globe. I left Guatemala with a new respect for the people I traveled with and the people we met.
                                                                                                                                - Amanda Leinberger
Intended to send you a very small observation to say thanks again on the awesome thoughts you’ve featured in this article. It has been so shockingly generous with you to provide publicly what many individuals would’ve sold for an electronic book to end up making some bucks for themselves, particularly considering the fact that you could have tried it if you ever desired.
                                                                                                           - Janet Davis , response to Solar Fridge design