Ecobici - CESTA Print
 

Young people from poor families were instructed in the art of bicycle-maintenance, allowing them to have a profession and an income. In addition to this, the ecological benefits and the fact that this is an accessible way of transportation for the locals have been important factors. A direct effect of this initiative is that many micro businesses have been established in the region. This CESTA-project has had a great influence on the use of bicycles for transport all over El Salvador. In the history of ECOBICI, it has been developed a wide range of artifacts and utilities such as: solar kitchens and dryers, water filters, pedal-operated grain mills and various artifacts operated by hand-power. This way, many needs of the rural population are covered and people becomes more self-sufficient.

Tras esta iniciativa, muchas microempresas han sido creadas en la región. Este proyecto de CESTA ha tenido una gran influencia en el uso de la bicicleta a lo largo de todo el país. Además,  durante su historia, el Ecobici han desarrollado desarrollado una gran variedad de tecnológias, tales como: tejas a base de microconcreto, cocinas solares familiares y comunales, secadores solares de fruta, silos para almacenar granos, filtros de agua, aparatos de ortopedia, molinos de grano a pedal y otros artefactos movidos por medio de la tracción humana, respondiendo de este modo con  soluciones apropiadas a las necesidades del diario vivir de las poblaciones rurales promoviendo formas de autosostenimiento.