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Business Incubation: Xela Teco
== Business Incubation: Xela Teco ==
The AIDG began training at its first micro-manufacturing facility, [ XelaTeco], in Quetzaltenango (Xela) Guatemala in August 2005. Since then XelaTeco has produced biodigesters, windmills, high efficiency stoves, pumps, water filters, solar LED lighting systems and micro-hydro products. It is installing In December 2006, it completed a micro-hydroelectric system project to serve [ Communidad Nueva Alianza], a cooperative of 40 Guatemalan families(approximately 200 people).
XelaTeco is comprised of 10 Guatemalan workers, all highly skilled with university and technical school backgrounds, many lacking other viable work opportunities. Our team is split between seven men and three women, with the varied skill set necessary for completing our variety of projects, from accounting and civil engineering to electronics and metalcasting.
In the next three years, we aim to open four additional shops. Two locations have been decided, one in the Dominican Republic, to serve the DR and Haiti, and the other in Thailand, to serve Thailand, Laos and Burma. For the other two shops, we are currently considering locations in Africa, Central Asia and Oceania.
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