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This project facilitates green technology adoption and creates new business opportunities for poor women that do not require them to take on risk or debt.
Indonesian Census Data (2007) indicates that 13.7% of Indonesian households are headed by women – that’s over 6 million households. However, according to Indonesian law, the head of a household must be a man, thus a woman who finds herself as the head of her family faces a whole range of discriminatory policies and practices. For example, without the formal recognition as a head of household she cannot access the nation’s pro-poor poverty alleviation programs, such as free health care, cash transfers and rice subsidies. She can’t even get a birth certificate for her child.
The households headed by women are generally poor. The women are typically between 20 to 60 years old. Almost 40 percent are illiterate and have never gone to school. They have up to six dependents and their income is often less than one US dollar per day. They are typically widows or women who have been abandoned by their husbands. Many are survivors of violence.
The link between the loss of a male head of household and poverty is well known and is economically devastating to already poor families. Not only are families instantly plunged into poverty, but poverty becomes the fate of future generations, with children being pulled from their schools by mothers unable to pay school fees, and needing them to work for family survival.
Working with an existing network of women's groups across Indonesia (comprising of women who are heads of households), Kopernik will provide women with training and a range of green, life-improving technology (such as bio mass fuel-efficient cook-stoves, solar lights and water purifiers) on consignment. The women will become technology agents and sell the products to their communities. Once they make a sale, they earn a commission, repay Kopernik for the cost of the products and replenish their inventory. Kopernik will then reinvest these funds and purchase more technology to benefit more women’s groups in other locations.
The women will also receive training in a simple maintenance and care program that will enable them to provide ongoing support and product maintenance.
The Kopernik technology agent consignment and maintenance program will provide much needed regular income (one of the most effective antipoverty measures) for the women – without them having to take on debt or risk. It will also bring other significant yet less tangible benefits – newfound confidence in themselves and respect within their communities, as they become agents of innovative technology and agents of change.
250 women initially
Poor women who are the heads of households and play the roles and responsibilities as bread winner, households manager, and decision maker covering:
|Product (stoves) inclusive of shipping||Cost of the technology||13||652||8,476|
|Product (water filters) inclusive of shipping||Cost of the technology||19||300||5,700|
|Training, baseline survey and awareness raising||Car rental and staff costs||5,000|
|Monitoring and oversight||Staff and travel costs||2,508|
|Wire transfer fees||45||2||90|
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies shipped for this project.
Through the consignment and maintenance program we have set up, PEKKA will be contributing fully to this campaign with repayments over time. The women in PEKKA groups will become technology agents and sell the products to their communities. Once they make a sale, they earn a commission, repay Kopernik for the cost of the products and replenish their inventory. Kopernik will then reinvest these funds and purchase more technology to benefit more groups in other locations.
West Nusa Tenggara