Connecting Clean Energy Technology Through a Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative in Indonesia

Kopernik makes available affordable, clean energy technologies to people in remote villages throughout Indonesia by supporting women in building sustainable product distribution businesses through the Wonder Women initiative.

Project Type

  • Technology Distribution
  • Wonder Women Program


Indonesia covers a distance as wide as the United States but spread over an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. It is a nation of more than 250 million people, with up to an estimated 60 million without access to electricity. Approximately 100 million people rely on smoky, fuel-heavy fires for cooking that affect their health.


Kopernik has been working with Indonesian women since 2010 from Aceh to West Timor to make available clean energy technology to remote communities. We train women, affectionately called as ‘wonder women’, to sell simple solar lanterns, water filters and clean cookstoves in their communities, boosting their income to support their families and themselves. They are active in closing the energy gap in Indonesia and play an important role inspiring others in their communities through what they achieve as micro-social-entrepreneurs.

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Since 2010, we have worked with more than 400 ‘wonder women’ entrepreneurs, who have sold approaching 32,000 clean energy technologies as at the end of 2017. These technologies have reduced C02 emissions by an estimated 6,000 tonnes. The breadth, success and longevity of the program has led to the development of new programs and projects implemented with our partners to impact more people in the last mile.

This project is managed by Kopernik Solutions and implemented by PT Kopernik on behalf of our client.