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Media coverage:
20 September 2014
The Straits Times

Innovative tech aids for remote villages

"In four years, Kopernik has helped around 200,000 people, providing affordable, useful and innovative products to countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Kenya."
Media coverage:
20 September 2014
The Asahi Shimbun

Impact Journalism Day: Japanese NPO Kopernik spreads affordable technology to poorest areas

"Under conventional aid programs, innovative technology and local needs often don't meet while costing a lot. The result is aid hardly reaching remote villages, where aid is earnestly desired and needed. I wanted to create a system to change such a situation."
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
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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