Yes, she has sold many technologies since she first became a Tech Agent in 2012. Yes, she has also increased her income from the sales. But there is much more to the story of Kamsinah Bolen, better known as Kak Bolen.
“I want to dedicate my life to the community. I want all of us to live a better life,” she says with passion, dedication, and an infectious smile.
Kak Bolen is known as an activist in Adonara, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. As an active member of PEKKA, an Indonesian organisation empowering women who are heads of their households, Kak Bolen motivates women to be more independent. One way they can do this is by following in her footsteps to become a Tech Agent, selling simple, life-changing technologies such as solar lights and solar home systems. As well as empowering women to increase their income, she is also a passionate advocate for political equality and environmental conservation.
The extra income she earns as a Tech Agent allows her to live independently. She has even used some of this money to help her niece graduate from university. Her dedication was recognised with an invitation to travel all the way to Lima, Peru to accept Kopernik’s Momentum for Change award at the UN Climate Change Conference in December 2014.
But ultimately, she finds the greatest fulfillment in knowing that her community can now live better lives with simple technology. For instance, when a blackout happens in her village, she now steps outside her house and smiles. She smiles because her neighbours don’t have to live in complete darkness - thanks to the solar lights they have bought from her or other Tech Agents.
“What I do is so small, but it benefits so many. It opens minds for the community to take care of the environment, save money for daily needs, and plan for the future.”
Kamsinah Bolen: an activist with a lively personality, an inspiration to her community, a wonder woman.