Recycle Your Computers in San Miguel and Benefit Less Fortunate People

By Robin Loving Rowland

I was told there is only one place to recycle computers in San Miguel, so I went to Siglo XXI at Mesones 5 in Pasaje Allende and met with the owner, Juan Saavedra. What I found out was that he does this and then passes many of them on to people such as house-bound high-schoolers, who then go to school online in order to graduate.

I also found out that he gives free computer lessons to the scholarship students at Jovenes Adelante, along with free software installations and free computer repairs (as long as parts are not needed). He has taught computation at La Biblioteca and Casa Hogar Santa Julia. He’s also worked with Computadoras Pro Jóvenes. But that’s just the beginning of his philanthropy.

Saavedra and his wife Lolita formed a nonprofit, Asamblea de Colonias Unidas por San Miguel to assist the less fortunate in the nine colonias near San Luis Rey. They have worked on security, education, and health, getting them school supplies, medical supplies, and shoes. They also were instrumental in fencing in a dangerous elementary school yard and getting breakfasts, electricity, computers, and extra rooms added to that campus.

Recycle your computers; do it with Saavedra and your donation will help him to help others, many others, in San Miguel. For more information, contact Saavedra at


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