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Kopernik is an on-line marketplace of innovative, life-changing technologies designed for the developing world.
Most women across Asia and Africa make four trips a day to collect water, carrying 10 litres on each trip.
In the developing world 4000 children a day die from no access to clean drinking water.
80% of the developing world has no access to electricity. Kerosene use leads to 1.6 million deaths a year from smoke inhalation or fire. Gathering firewood exposes girls to danger and strips forests.
Most developing countries have few trained optometrists and few eyeglasses.
Simple, life-changing technologies exist to transform the lives of the poor:
With the Q-Drum, a rollable water container, a person transports 50 liters at a time and needs to make only one trip a day.
The LifeStraw – a portable water filter – effectively removes waterborne bacteria, saving children’s lives.
Energy efficient cooking stoves, and simple solar lighting improve health, allow adults to earn money, and enable children to study after dark.
Ad-Specs – self-adjustable eye glasses - eliminate the need for an optometrist – and restore vision.
But these technologies are not reaching the people who need them
Those in need don’t know about and can’t afford them
Manufacturers can’t reach users in remote areas
Kopernik solves these problems by connecting the pieces.
Here’s how Kopernik’s online technology marketplace works:
Our website showcases the latest technologies
Local groups (NGOs) choose what is most needed in their area and apply online for funding.
After vetting, we post the project on our website so that you can choose what you want to fund.
The technology is shipped directly to the local NGO, avoiding middlemen, so more of your money (in the form of technology) reaches the end user.
You get feedback about how your donation has helped people’s lives.
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