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Kopernik in action:
11 September 2014
The Kopernik team facilitated a discussion on economic solidarity at the Poso Women's Congress

A Path to Peace in Poso »

Most Indonesians know Poso, Central Sulawesi, as a conflict zone. But I don't want to focus on the conflict, Instead, I want to tell you about what women in Poso are doing for peace. In 2013, Kopernik partnered with Mosintuwu Institute to connect technology with communities in Poso. After we had raised the funds to send the technology, this project was ready to launch. In March, I travelled to Central Sulawesi with my colleague Rara to attend the Poso Women's Congress.

By Çantika Marlangen

Kopernik in action:
03 September 2014
Bad roads, broken bridges, crumbling cliffs, and treacherous river crossings

Welcome to Sumbawa »

Traveling from Aceh to West Nusa Tenggara, I am reminded again of Indonesia's epic diversity, not only in terms of language, but also culture, landscape, religion, and economic opportunity. I am joining my colleague Nonie Kaban to host a technology fair and conduct a needs assessment in Tambora sub-district. We have been invited by Yayasan Mitra, based in Mataram, through our partnership with ICCO.

By Deni Sugiarto

Kopernik news:
28 August 2014
Tech Kiosk micro-social-entrepreneurs are making simple, life-changing technology available in eastern Indonesia

Kopernik and USAID partner to connect remote communities in Indonesia with life-changing technology »

Kopernik has been awarded a US$100,000 grant by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program. The grant will strengthen Kopernik's clean energy micro-social-enterprise initiative in eastern Indonesia, greatly expanding access to simple, life-changing technology in some of Indonesia's poorest provinces.

By Sally Bolton

Inventor stories:
19 August 2014
Robert Haendel and COMMLIGHT’s first customer, Jackweld Fishfarm owner, Mr Loo

Lighting the Streets »

In Robert Haendel’s student days, he earned a bit of holiday-cash as a carpenter atop the roofs in his home town in Germany. It was the summer of 1995, long before the potential of solar energy was widely understood. But when the engineering student felt the sun’s blazing rays piercing his bare back, he started thinking about how he could better harness the sun’s power.

By Josie Vine

Kopernik in action:
15 August 2014
Eight months after Typhoon Haiyan, many students have returned to their classrooms, but some are studying under temporary tents as they wait for their schools to be repaired

Always Pack Sensible Shoes »

When I spotted the steep, slippery path ahead of me, I knew I was in trouble. I’m up for almost any challenge, but my ballet flats were not. From my viewpoint high in this mountainous region of San Carlos, in the Philippines, I looked down to the forest far below, and gulped. After slip-sliding down a treacherous part of the path, and grabbing at small branches - and my colleagues’ hands - to stay upright, I knew the shoes had to go.

By Çantika Marlangen

Kopernik news:
13 August 2014
USAID administers the US foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide

Tech Kiosk network secures support from USAID »

Kopernik is very pleased to announce the strengthening of the Tech Kiosk network in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia thanks to generous support from the American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID administers the US foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

By Sally Bolton

Media coverage:
11 August 2014
The Alternative India logo

Lasting mile: how Kopernik has reached more than 200,000 BoP users with great products

"Crowdfunding is a crucial part of Kopernik’s operations. The organisation uses crowdfunded donations to fund the upfront cost of sending technology to the last mile, to make these products available in places that standard supply chains simply don’t reach. When products are sold, they reinvest the money in more technology to reduce poverty.

Kopernik in action:
11 August 2014
Eko introduced his grass-chopping bicycle at the tech fairs

Great minds, simple solutions »

My background is in product design, and one of the best parts of my job is meeting the people who are designing simple technology for the last mile. In my second week working with Kopernik, I joined K-Team members Nonie Kaban and Iman Kasih Sembiring on a field trip to Java. We traveled to Solo (Surakarta) for two technology fairs, as part of our partnership with ICCO.

By Prita Raditiarini

Kopernik news:
06 August 2014
JAL & Kopernik partner to serve the last mile

Connecting People to People: Japan Airlines Expands Partnership with Kopernik »

Kopernik is proud to partner with Japan Airlines (JAL) on a second Charity Mile project, this time supporting solar lights for the Philippines. Until 17 August 2014, JAL Mileage Bank members can donate frequent flyer miles to support a special solar light project in the Philippines. Millions of people in the Philippines do not have access to electricity and rely on dim, dirty, dangerous kerosene lamps for light. This project will provide clean, bright solar lights that will improve the safety and efficiency of hospitals, health clinics, schools and community centres located far from the electricity grid.

By Namuun Purevdorj

Media coverage:
31 July 2014
Japan for Sustainability

Kopernik: Innovative Crowd Funding NGO Gets Technology to People Who Need It The Most

"Before we introduced solar lighting, people used to spend as much as 1,400 yen (about US$13.86) a month, or about 20 percent of their monthly expenditures of 7,000 yen (about $69.30) to buy kerosene. After introducing solar lighting, their monthly spending on kerosene dropped to less than 100 yen (about 90 cents), and they can even work longer at night to gain more income. The project was able to cover about half of the households in the district, and it is one of our most successful projects so far."