Delivering simple solutions to reduce poverty in the last mile is at the core of Kopernik’s mission. Our projects achieve this in two ways:
First, our tech distribution projects source existing simple, yet impactful technologies and connect them with people in remote communities.
Second, our new experimental projects are small-scale, low-investment tests of simple ideas that have the potential to reduce poverty. We are initiating these projects because new solutions are needed to address persistent development challenges - solutions which engage new actors, use new approaches - or existing approaches in a new context - technologies as well as lessons from behavioural science that have the potential to deliver high social impact to address the stubborn challenges of poverty. If the results from the experimental projects are promising, we will then move to implementation at a larger scale. These projects are therefore an important step towards finding successful solutions that we hope will lead to eventual scale-up for maximum impact.
See our current projects, available for funding, below.
Let’s connect more renewable and safe sources of light to help local women become solar entrepreneurs in Kailali District, Nepal.54.5% of $7,245.00 funded
- Affordable solar lights
- Weather resistant for sun and rain
- Adjustable to any surface
We are conducting a second experiment to test the effectiveness of several storage solutions to reduce crop losses.28.8% of $1,040.00 funded
Hermetic Bags/Airtight Drums
Grain Storage Solutions
- Protects crops from weevils and rats
- Airtight to prevent moisture damage
- Affordable solutions for smallholder farmers
We will build a new solar dryer to improve current cashew processing methods for a farming cooperative in Ile Padung village, Flores.14.8% of $3,135.00 funded
- Faster than traditional methods of drying
- High capacity with storage shelving
- Protects produce from contamination from animals or wet weather
We are testing a custom-built honey filter, assisting honey farmers to extract forest honey efficiently on-site.11.9% of $1,586.00 funded
Forest Honey Filter
- Made from locally available material
We want to develop an affordable solar lighting solution using locally available materials, training local people in the assembly and maintenance process1.3% of $9,418.00 funded
- Use a simple circuit
- Can be made from locally available components