San Antonio Abad is in northern El Salvador, near the small town of Candelaria
de la Frontera, and 11 km from Santa Ana, the nearest city. During the rainy
season water is plentiful in shallow aquifers.
Small Engines for Economic Development (SEED) chose as their project the challenge of developing and selling a fuel efficient micro-diesel engine pump-set that could eventually be run on bio-fuel. Four graduate students set out for a full summer in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and India to test the micro-diesel concept and find out exactly what their customers needed, wanted and could realistically afford.