Light Up Uganda

Let's connect d.light S250 solar lights with women and children in the Kamuli district of Uganda, providing cleaner, cheaper and safer light for the community.

d.light S250
Solar lantern
  • Dual purpose solar light and solar mobile charger
  • Its bright white light illuminates a room similarly to a 3 to 5 Watt CFL lamp
  • Provides 10 times more light than a kerosene lantern
d.light S250 provides 10 times more light than a kerosene lantern

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Kopernik has ended its partnership with Women Initiative for Prosperity (WIP) Uganda and has officially closed this project. Despite repeated requests for repayment, information and status updates, WIP Uganda have been unresponsive in all forms of communication for over two months and the projected end date of the project has passed. Unfortunately, WIP Uganda have not repaid us moneys owed amounting to US$4,647.30. They have also not met their reporting requirements. These obligations were agreed to as a condition of partnering with us.
Kopernik understands the risks involved in our technology distribution model and follow strict due diligence and monitoring processes to mitigate the risk of default on repayments and reporting as much as possible. We work hard to build our relationships with our local partners based on trust and achieving a mutual goal. We are also committed to being transparent with our donors. To date, in implementing 113 projects in 23 countries, this is the first project to default. We still feel therefore that our approach to distributing simple, life-changing technology in last mile communities is ultimately successful.
Unfortunately we have very limited information about the final progress of this project and know only that 50 of 156 d.light S250 were successfully distributed.


Lack of electricity creates tremendous hardship for rural communities in Uganda. Using candle lights, known as tadooba in Uganda, is costly and poses a big fire risk in grass-thatched houses.

How we can help: 

We will connect d.light S250 solar lights with women and students in the Kamuli district of Uganda, providing cleaner, cheaper and safer light for the community.

Who are we working with: 

We will focus on reaching school chidren and women heads of households, particularly widows, single mothers, and the elderly, in Buwanume and Kamuli Sabawali parishes in the Nabwigulu sub-county of Kamuli district.


The school will provide solar lights for free to school children who are living in dormitories while they are separated from their parents. The students will have the option of buying the lights when they graduate or leave the school, and their parents will be able to buy solar lights to use at home. Households may also lease the lights, with the option to pay in instalments.

Project timeframe: 
Six to twelve months
Location :
Reaching 780 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

Financial contribution: Domestic transportation of the products from customs to the community.

Non-financial contribution: Field officers to distribute the products; training for the community on how to use the lights.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S250
Cost of the technology (including shipping, clearance, and local duty)
Wire Transfer Fee
Paypal/other payment processing fee
3.3% based on average size of project and average donation amount
Kopernik 10%
Covers Kopernik's due diligence and project support costs
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 97 people who pitched in $7,761.35