We connect simple technology with last mile communities to reduce poverty.
Why we started Kopernik
1.3 billion people rely on dim, dirty, dangerous kerosene for lighting...
when simple solar lanterns can provide clean, bright light at night.
Nearly three billion people cook over smoky, wood-hungry open fires...
when a biomass stove can offer smoke-free, fuel-friendly cooking.
780 million people live with dirty water...
when a simple filter can provide safe, clean, convenient drinking water.
Our co-founders, Toshi Nakamura and Ewa Wojkowska, saw that affordable technologies like these existed, but they weren’t reaching the last mile. They wanted to bridge the gap. They left a decade of service with the United Nations to launch Kopernik in 2010.
How it works
We balance a philanthropic and business approach to distributing technology. Our donors fund the upfront costs of introducing technologies and creating micro-business opportunities in remote communities. The money raised from product sales is reinvested in more technology for the last mile.
What does Kopernik mean?
Our namesake, Nicolaus Copernicus, changed the way people see the world. Like Copernicus, we want Kopernik to be a catalyst for change.
Kopernik Group has four legal entities, each of which plays a distinct role in realising Kopernik Group's overall mission to reduce poverty through the distribution of simple technology to the last mile. Learn more about the role of each of these entities on our Legal Status page.