TRL is a small, locally managed, Guatemalan nonprofit organization, located in Santiago Atitlán on beautiful Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Established in 2016, TRL currently operates three projects that are helping improve the lives of Tz’utujil Maya community members by reducing poverty, improving health outcomes, and protecting local ecosystems.
(1) The Improved Cookstove (ICS) project, which promotes the use of ONIL energy-efficient, clean-burning cookstoves
(2) The provision of British Berkefeld water filters to enable access to safe drinking water and minimize pollution from single-use plastics
(3) Brighter Futures, a project which replaces incandescent light bulbs with LEDs to increase energy efficiency and lower electricity costs
All projects include close interactions with local community members, and each project has an environmental education component, which empowers beneficiaries to understand the environmental challenges threatening Lake Atitlán and to join local efforts to combat climate change.
TRL’s cookstove project, the largest of the three projects, is currently undergoing two rigorous external certifications: Validation and Verification under the new Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). TRL was chosen by VERRA, as one of 16 projects globally, to pilot SD VISta -- an international standard designed to assess and report the sustainable development benefits of project activities with benefits for people and the planet. Certification will enable TRL to claim the carbon dioxide emission reductions achieved through the ICS project, thus participating in the voluntary carbon market and securing a stable funding stream for the stoves.
TRL operates on a consensus model, taking into account the experience and cultural knowledge of the local staff. We recognize that, in a grass-roots organization, it is vitally important for each person to understand the benefits of any new idea/technology and see its potential to work well in our specific cultural context, so that they can enthusiastically support a new program. Our approach may include bringing in experts and/or visiting existing successful programs. TRL maintains a commitment to the community’s indigenous culture.
TRL works within the framework of an impoverished and semi-illiterate community. Successful partnership with local stakeholders enables TRL to help conserve the ecosystems surrounding the Lake.
TRL is a small, locally managed, Guatemalan nonprofit organization, located in Santiago Atitlán on beautiful Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Established in 2016, TRL currently operates three projects that are helping…