Light up safe childbirth in Timor-Leste

Connecting solar lights with midwives working in remote parts of Timor-Leste, making it safer and easier to reach expectant mothers and deliver babies at night.

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 fully funded.
Thank you to all who contributed.


Vast areas of Timor-Leste have no access to electricity. Midwives who work outside of the district capitals rely on candles and kerosene lamps when seeing expectant mothers and delivering babies at night. This exposes mothers, babies and midwives to dirty kerosene fumes and the risk of fire if lamps or candles are knocked over. Lighting fuel is a significant expense that midwives often have to pay for themselves.

How we can help: 

We can replace kerosene lamps and candles with clean, bright solar light, making midwives' work much easier at night. The d.light S250 solar lamps are up to 10 times brighter than kerosene lamps, allowing midwives to more clearly monitor the condition of mothers and babies. In addition to reducing exposure to kerosene fumes and saving midwives money, the solar lamps will make it easier for midwives to reach patients at night. The d.light S250 also functions as a mobile phone charger, allowing midwives to keep their phones charged to stay in contact with Bairo Pite Clinic. 

Who we are helping: 

We're connecting solar lights with midwives who perform mobile clinic duties and earn an average income of less than US$80 per month. The solar lights will also help the many mothers and babies who will enjoy a safer delivery by solar light. In addition to the 50 midwives who will receive a d.light, we estimate this simple technology will directly benefit 7,500 mothers and babies each year.


Our local partner, Bairo Pite Clinic, will distribute the d.lights to trained midwives who have reached a level of competence to practice independently. They plan to reach midwives in Ermera and Manufahi districts.

Timeframe for implementation: 
July - December 2010
Reaching 7500 people
Local Partner Contribution: 
  • Distribution to midwives based outside of Dili
Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S250
Cost of technology
International shipping
Clearance and local duty costs
Wire transfer fee
Paypal/other payment processing fee
3.3% average 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.


Bairo Pite , DI

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 11 people who pitched in $2,762.00