Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?
Women’s time poverty, Social norms, Economic or institutional constraints, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.
If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.
Women’s time poverty: This project is a low input, low maintenance technological process that can be performed in women’s homes to increase agricultural productivity. After attending a 45 minute workshop and the initial set-up of the system, women need only to check on the worms once a week, add kitchen scraps if necessary, and remove the fertilizer produced by the process. The training of another woman can be done informally and at their leisure.
Social norms: By empowering women to work with technology in their homes, this project challenges the separation of women and technology while being sensitive to the social expectations and restraints placed on women in Guatemala.
Economic or institutional constraints: This project enables women to increase productivity and consequently household income. Additionally, by way of producing a natural fertilizer families are freed from spending money on chemical fertilizers.
Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process: By training women to understand and use vermicomposting to enrich their lives, women become technological innovators within their communities. They become involved in the technology development process by training others in the methods they have learned. In this manner, women adopt the role of leaders and teachers of technology.
Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:
Technology introduction, Technology training, Technology supply and distribution, Assessment and evaluation.
If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.
Technology introduction: Partnering with organizations that work with women’s groups, the project gives women access to AIDG’s knowledge and experience with appropriate technologies specifically developed for use in Guatemala. Additionally, the provision of transport to the workshop and start-up materials makes the technology more accessible.
Technology training: Holding the workshops on a Saturday, after breakfast and before lunch, for no more than 45 minutes, gives women the opportunity to gain hands-on training in how to produce a vermicomposting system. This time consideration and the low or no cost of materials, allows women to engage in a training of a technology that they recognize can be applied in their homes without the need to compromise their daily commitments.
Tech supply and distribution: Of the materials needed for vermicomposting, a box and food scrapes are easily accessible to women. The requirement for worms can be fulfilled through AIDG or by a participants own vermicompost system by increasing worm production through vermiculturing techniques. At the two month follow-up visit with women, interested women will receive additional training in the methods that can be applied to augment worm populations. This increase in supply also allows women to share worms with other women.
Assessment and evaluation: The impact and outcome of this project will measured in accordance with our partner organizations/women’s groups. The training methods and materials will be evaluated using a short survey, while the use and benefit of the technology to the women will be assessed through follow-up visits with those using vermicompost. The feedback from women in year one, will help to make improvements for year two workshops.
Which type of women will your project reach directly?
Rural, Peri-urban, Urban, Low income.
In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?
It is led by a woman/women., It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..
Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?
Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?
Working with women, Working with technologies, Working on innovation.