The People’s Consultants aka Agua del Pueblo USA, will provide transparent, objective and cost-effective service to rural Guatemalans. We will strive to objectively evaluate our projects over the long term after completion.
Founded in 1972 by a team of young, international volunteer civil, environmental, mechanical, industrial and nuclear engineers; architects; sociologists and economists. Their Pollyannaish goal was to address poverty among the poorest of the poor. Your help has made their dream a reality for more than 500,000 poor Guatemalans.
Two of our board members visited various Agua del Pueblo projects shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out one of our most recently completed projects, Sanik Ya and Chitulul on the projects page.
We are the OLDEST NGO focused on
water and sanitation in the world!
You’d probably guess that as our name implies, we have spent a good deal of our engineering expertise on developing water infrastructure. In our early days the majority of our projects were spring captured gravity systems. Those opportunities were the ‘low hanging fruit’. The beauty of these projects is the incredibly low cost of operation and maintenance. However, all of our systems include a community “tax”. That is every beneficiary family pays a monthly fee for operation and maintenance.
At a minimum all beneficiaries install a ventilated improved pit latrines (need cite). Recently we have added hand washing stations. We have also begun experimenting with more comprehensive systems that connect several homes to a grease trap, biodigester and wetland treatment.
Building A Community
Water is a means, not an end: We developed and honed our methodology for the past 50 years. The heart of the methodology in community control. That is, in every AdP project the community must take the lead in all decisions from our first visit to the operation and maintenance of the system. Researchers have found that the community leadership leads to community and economic development (Chipman, Strait and Clemens, 2014; Sauer, Smith & Clemens, 2012; Clemens & Douglas, 2012).
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