Kopernik Annual Report 2015


Kopernik connects simple technology with last mile communities to reduce poverty. We do this by:

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Empowering Women

We’ve trained more than 400 women to introduce and sell technologies to families in remote communities across Indonesia.

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Serving Families

We’ve partnered with organisations in the Asia-Pacific to give families in remote communities access to simple technologies which serve their most pressing needs.

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Helping in Emergencies

We’ve responded to three emergency responses in the Asia region, including an earthquake and firestorm.

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Helping Children & Mothers

We’ve made simple technologies available through schools and health clinics, to provide a healthy environment for students, and for mothers during childbirth.

People Reached

Since 2010, we've connected simple, life-changing technology with:





People in 2015 alone.

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Or about as many people as the Great Lawn in Central Park holds!

The Best Technology

Kopernik works with the best technology designed for the developing world, bridging the gap between technology producers and the people who need these technologies the most. We work with simple innovations that are affordable, durable, easy to use and maintain, eco-friendly, money-saving, and life-changing for families in the last mile.

In 2015 we:

Empowering Women

Kopernik has been working with Indonesian women since 2011 to make clean energy technology available to remote communities through our Wonder Women program.

We train women to sell simple solar lanterns, water filters and clean cookstoves in their communities. The women earn a margin on every sale, boosting their income to support their families and themselves.

Wonder Women in Indonesia

Wonder Women Map

Western Indonesia

(Bojonegoro, Tuban, & North Aceh)


wonder women participated in training and mentoring to develop their business skills to confidently sell technologies in their communities.

Introducing Tas Mantap
Introducing Tas Mantap


average increase in women’s income directly from selling technologies.


of women are spending their extra income on household needs, followed by an improvement in the quantity and quality of food for their family (27%) and buying new household assets (18%).

Eastern Indonesia

(East Nusa Tenggara & West Nusa Tenggara)


women and 32 men participated in the program as micro-social entrepreneurs (MSEs), making life-changing technology available in the most disadvantaged regions of Indonesia.


of MSEs use their extra income for general household needs, to go on pilgrimage (53%) and to have an emergency fund (47%).

Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia: Mama Rovina
Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia: Mama Rovina


people in one of the poorest provinces of Indonesia are now enjoying a better quality of life by using solar lights, water filters and clean cookstoves.

Wonder Women Indonesia Recognition In 2015

Kopernik has been chosen as the Indonesian winner of the IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge, a joint initiative by the N-Peace Network, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX).

Serving Families

Kopernik partners with local organisations, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region, to give families access to simple technologies which meet their most pressing needs.

We mobilise philanthropic funds to cover the upfront costs of sending technologies to remote communities. As the products are sold, local partners repay the revenue to Kopernik, and the funds are reinvested in more technology to help more people.


organisations partnered with us to introduce life-changing technologies to the communities they serve, and make the technologies affordable and accessible to families in the last mile.

The lantern is very useful for me. I use it when I go out at night. I can use it to go and visit my friends whose home is far away. I lend them my lantern to charge their mobile phone too because they don’t have electricity in their house, Muhammad Amin

Helping in Emergencies

Kopernik connects simple technology with evacuation centres and with families, to help communities recover and rebuild from natural disasters.


We worked with our local partner, Empower Generation, to connect 1,340 d.Light solar lanterns and 500 Tulip Table Top Water Filters with earthquake survivors throughout Dhading, Nuwokot and Chitwan districts. There were four phases of this project, phase one to three were funded by individual donors, while phase four was funded by Japan Airlines.


We provided 10 Nazava Bening XL Water Filters to our local partner, TAGANA Aceh, for use in the kitchen where they prepare food for The Rohingya refugee community, who live in temporary shelters in Aceh, Indonesia. The kitchen provides thousands of meals every day and requires a large volume of water to function.


We worked with OuTrop in October 2015, to connect 3,600 N95 Particulate Respirators, 3,000 units of Rohto Eye Flush to the families living in and around Palangkaraya city and 8 sets of firefighting equipment to the frontline fire squads in the area. 

Helping Mothers & Children

By connecting simple technologies with schools and health clinics, we help to provide a brighter, safer, healthier environment for study and childbirth.

In 2015:


Nazava water filters reached remote communities in Sabu Island, Indonesia and Bobonaro, Timor-Leste through our Drink Up projects.


d.light solar lights reached schools, clinics and community halls in six countries through our Light Up and Switch On projects.


educational toys reached students in schools in Banggai Laut in Central Sulawesi, Bangli District in Bali, and Paser Regency in East Kalimantan through our Make Science Fun projects.


JANMA Clean Birth Kits reached Bangladesh and India through our Make Childbirth Safer projects.


We used to drink unboiled water, because it’s not easy to find firewood for cooking. Now, after using the water filter, we can drink clean, healthy water without boiling it first. We’re not afraid of diarrhea anymore!
Yulius Haba, Sabu Island

Last Mile Consulting

Kopernik provides professional advisory services to corporations, multilateral agencies and foundations through our Last Mile Consulting division. Consulting revenue funds Kopernik’s work connecting simple technology with last mile communities to reduce poverty.

In 2015:


multinational corporations, multilateral agencies, social enterprises, and international organisations engaged Kopernik’s Last Mile Consulting (LMC) team.


In 2015 The Kopernik Team:


We couldn't have done this without support from:

Tipping Point Calendar


Monthly Tipping Point donors, who help fund projects faster, sending technology to the last mile sooner

35 Local Partners

Serving Families

  • Asosiasi Pedagang Kaki Lima
  • CDC Balaghat
  • CRDT
  • CV Roas Mitra Nusantara
  • DEEPAM Trust
  • ESSMART India
  • Ikaw-Ako
  • Institut Mosintuwu
  • ISWR
  • Laila and Amar School & College for Girls (LAMS)
  • Malaulalo Conservation & Tourism Association
  • MFLF
  • PKBM Anak Jalanan Papua
  • Ray of Hope Africa
  • Reaching Out for the Needy
  • Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti
  • Topu Honis Shelter Home
  • Uma Mahon Salele
  • Yasumat
  • Yayasan Puter Indonesia

Empowering Women

  • Indonesia Heritage Foundation
  • Yayasan Satu Visi
  • Yayasan Masyarakat Peduli NTB


Helping in Emergencies

  • Empower Generation
  • OuTrop
  • TAGANA Aceh


Helping Children & Mothers

  • CleanBirth.org
  • HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh
  • House of Blessings
  • SDN 12 Semalah Primary School, Kapuas Hulu Regency, West Kalimantan
  • Sevamob India
  • The Enabler Foundation

The K-Team


Full-Time Team Members Across Kopernik HQ, Kopernik Japan, and Six Field Offices as of December 2015.


Abigail Schwartz, Adam Kilgour, Andrea Woodhouse, David Madden, Edward Rees, Guy Janssen, Julia Cheng, Lisa Witter, Nigel Snoad, Nina Gidwaney, Osamu Kaneda, Richard Manning, Sanjay Gandhi, Scott Guggenheim, Sir Tim Lankester, Taku Sugimoto.


Rezal Kusumaatmadja, Tri Mumpuni, Andy Pradjaputra, Aji Hermawan.

* Yayasan Kopernik is an Indonesian foundation which implements Kopernik's mission in Indonesia.


Donations & Grants )*
Individual 145,448 151,205
Corporations )** 167,633 369,141
Foundations and Government 882,331 996,825
In-kind donations )*** 96,190 79,896
Subtotal 1,291,602 1,597,067
Consultancy/Honorarium 191,224 814,349
Technology Sales 211,050 296,415
Miscellaneous 631 1,532
Subtotal 402,905 1,112,296
Revenue Total 1,694,507 2,709,363
Technology incl. shipping 270,130 387,045
Salaries & Related 437,710 548,016
Travel cost 140,510 314,748
Professional Fees 47,834
Other project cost 82,842 127,774
Subtotal 931,192 1,425,417
Advocacy & Fundraising
Advocacy & Fundraising 80,226 129,827
Subtotal 80,226 129,827
Operations Support
Salaries & Related 93,272 115,620
Office costs 87,448 93,308
Internet & Comm & Post 33,428 40,032
Bank Fees 7,041 7,696
Audit & Legal & Tax 28,466 37,752
Miscellaneous 285 6,432
Subtotal 249,940 312,840
Expenses Total 1,261,358 1,868,084
Changes in Net Assets )**** 433,149 841,279

All figures in USD. Consolidated financial figures for 2015 are for the entire Kopernik Group and have not yet been audited.
)* based on the 2014 Audit, a grant amount from ENERGIA pledged and previously reported under 2014, had to be shifted to the following years in line with the corresponding project activities
)** an amount previously reported under Grant from Corporations in 2014 was reclassified to Grant from Foundation.
)*** includes Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) in 2015
)**** includes USD300,000 of technology consigned to resellers, as stock in warehouse and in transit; USD72,000 prepaid office rent; and USD150,000 cash and cash equivalents

Thank You to Our

Major Partners

Asia Society
Asian Venture Philantrophy Network
Australian Aid
Exxon Mobil
Ford Foundation
Formin Finland
Google One Today
Japan Airlines
JP Morgan
People Focus Consulting
Russell Investments
Scope Global
World Economic Forum