Kopernik has partnered with ExxonMobil Foundation since 2010 to empower women and make innovative technology more widely available in Indonesia. From an initial focus on Bojonegoro in East Java, the partnership has expanded to include Tuban, in East Java, and North Aceh.
Women in East Java and North Aceh have limited economic options: only 51 percent of Indonesian women participate in the labour force, and they earn 25 percent less than men for their work. Research shows that investing in women's economic empowerment generates multiple benefits, because women spend most of their extra income on their family's needs, including education, food, healthcare, and sanitation. This is why Kopernik and ExxonMobil Foundation are focusing on expanding opportunities for women to increase their income.
What We Do
Through this initiative, we invite women to become Tech Agents, selling simple, life-changing technologies in their communities. The women participate in training to build the skills and confidence to succeed as micro-social-entrepreneurs. Not only are they boosting their income through technology sales, they are also expanding access to eco-friendly, money-saving technology.
Why Wonder Women?
We call our Tech Agents in East Java and North Aceh ‘wonder women’ because their success as micro-social-entrepreneurs is inspiring their families and communities. Women are investing their earnings in their education, in their children’s education, in starting new businesses, and in achieving life goals, like building their own homes or completing the Hajj to Mecca.
In 2014, almost 100 women in East Java and North Aceh have joined us as Tech Agents, and thousands of families are enjoying access to water filters, solar lights, clean cookstoves and other life-changing technologies.