Kopernik's Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia initiative connects clean energy technologies with families in some of the poorest provinces of Indonesia, where access to electricity and affordable cooking fuel is extremely limited. At the same time, it allows women to boost their income through selling solar lanterns, water filters and clean cookstoves in their communities.
Women receive training in technology use and maintenance, sales and marketing, bookkeeping and financial management, and public speaking. These training sessions equip them with the skills and confidence to succeed as micro-social-entrepreneurs. The women are able to launch their businesses without going into debt, receiving technologies on consignment and earning a margin on every sale. Our business development coaching and mentoring helps the women to overcome challenges and grow their businesses on a journey to becoming empowered entrepreneurs.
EAST & WEST NUSA TENGGARA
Kopernik has been working with women in East Nusa Tenggara province since 2013, starting in Kupang, the provincial capital. The program now engages women in West Timor, Sumba, Flores, and East Flores, and expanded to West Nusa Tenggara province in 2015.
The women sell technologies from home, through their networks, at market stalls and small shops (warung), or at community events. They come from women's groups, supporting each other to succeed and contributing a percentage of their margin to support group activities, such as savings and loans programs.