It was started by founder and chairman Andy Noel Whyte in 1998 in Zimbabwe , Africa.
Its products are primarily intended for use in production. Many of them are motorized, which differs from the unmotorized, human power approach which is sometimes advocated in some settings.
The website has a link for donations.
ATA - Appropriate Technology Africa with the strapline, CREATING EMPLOYMENT - sums up what we do, making a practical difference in the lives of poor people in Africa. ATA recognises the importance of technology and hands on work, sharing knowledge and working together with communities. In policy debate, ATA's work focuses on delivering practical changes that positively impact on the lives of poor people
"This sort of equipment can now afford our people the opportunity to create their own wealth and restore dignity." - Nelson Mandela, May 2002""Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." Chinese Proverb