Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia

Scaling up energy access through women's economic empowerment Increasing incomes of  smallholder farmers

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.


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.

Funding partners
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Australian Aid MAMPU
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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Related updates
Kopernik in action:
18 January 2016
Imelda Lobo & family


The Sumba sun was just rising on a lovely Saturday morning. Little Jasinda, not older than 5, still in her pajamas skipped out from the house. She ran straight to the garden, to a spot right where the sun’s rays fell. What was she doing up so early in the morning?


Kopernik in action:
12 January 2016
A Long-Distance Friendship!

A Long-Distance Friendship! »

For Imelda Lobo, our top-performing Wonder Woman from Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara, there’s another (slightly different and least expected) upside of being a part of the program: to develop a friendship that spans the length of Indonesia to the western most province of Aceh.


Kopernik in action:
04 January 2016
Volcanic Ashes Didn't Stop Us: Making it to East Lombok

Volcanic Ashes Didn't Stop Us: Making it to East Lombok »

I was given the opportunity to travel to East Lombok to learn first-hand about Kopernik’s work and to meet some of our Wonder Women who are working in remote areas of Lombok. As this is my first visit to a Kopernik project, I was thrilled to meet the awe-inspiring women and couldn’t wait to make friends with them and hear their stories.

By Feby Ramadhani

Kopernik in action:
21 December 2015
Om Gabriel insisted on buying the solar light with Rp100,000 (around US$8) and a chicken!


In September, I finally got the chance to visit Sumba Island as part of Kopernik’s Wonder Woman program. My five day journey was filled with exciting activities as I traveled from the east of Sumba, Kalala, to Tambolaka in the west. I met so many interesting people who were proud to share their stories and experiences as I traveled to remote villages conducting Technology Fairs and visiting one of Kopernik’s technology user, Om Gabriel.


Media coverage:
20 November 2015
World Policy Journal

Accessible Energy’s Importance in Development

Kopernik’s Wonder Women initiative, originating in Indonesia, matches entrepreneurial women in remote villages with clean-energy cook stoves and water treatment products that they then sell at affordable prices within their communities. Asia IIX’s Jialing Lim praised their efforts: “By answering an existing need, Kopernik's initiative to fill infrastructure and energy gaps also enables women to take lead in business and market development in otherwise isolated and excluded communities.”