Light up Oecusse, Timor-Leste
Phase Three

We're expanding access to simple solar light technology in Oecusse: reducing dependence on kerosene, saving families money, and improving health.

d.light S250
Solar lantern
  • Dual purpose solar light and solar mobile charger
  • Its bright white light illuminates a room similarly to a 3 to 5 Watt CFL lamp
  • Provides 10 times more light than a kerosene lantern
d.light S250 provides 10 times more light than a kerosene lantern

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.

d.light S10
Solar lantern
  • A bright and durable replacement for kerosene lanterns
  • Comes with an integrated solar panel and multiple-setting handle
  • Extremely flexible and convenient to use
d.light S10 has a multiple setting handle that can be adjusted as needed

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.


The isolated enclave of Oecusse, Timor-Leste is home to 64,000 people. Very few households have access to electricity and 92 percent of people rely on fuel powered lamps (mainly kerosene) for light. Kerosene is expensive, especially in remote communities where hunger and malnutrition are pressing problems. Without light at night people can't repair fishing nets, make handicrafts to sell, meet as a community, or study for school. Most household activities are done by women and children – darkness affects them the most. Worst of all, kerosene fumes make people ill and contribute to global warming.

How we can help: 

We are making d.light solar lights available to families in Oecusse to reduce dependence on kerosene. The solar lights save families money, as they no longer have to buy kerosene, and support greater productivity at night. We hope to ultimately reach every household in the enclave with safe, clean, bright solar light.

We have already sent more than 1,000 solar lights to Oecusse, where very few people have access to electricity. In this next phase of the project, we are distributing a further 2,339 solar lights.

Who are we working with: 

We're helping families in the mountainous, poverty-stricken enclave of Oecusse. Most people in Oecusse survive from subsistence agriculture and fishing, but the long dry season and scarce irrigation make it difficult to plant more than one crop each year. Located on the north coast of the island of Timor and surrounded on three sides by Indonesian territory, Oecusse is cut off from the rest of Timor-Leste. Owing to its isolation, people in Oecusse are usually the last to gain access to new innovations. 


Our local partner, FEEO, has established a subsidised price for the solar lights by consulting with self help group members. The FEEO team visits remote villages to introduce the technology, answer questions and share information about how to use and maintain the solar lights. People then have the opportunity to buy the lights. People can also buy the d.lights from the FEEO office in Pantemakassar, the main town in Oecusse.

Project timeframe: 
June - November 2011
Location :
Reaching 11,695 people
Funding Information: 

We sell the solar lights at a subsidised price, and the revenue from each round of solar sales is reinvested in more solar lights for the enclave. We're grateful for additional funding which allows us to continue to offer a subsidy, making the lights accessible even to families with very low cash income. 

Local Partner Contribution: 

FEEO will provide the human resources to conduct awareness-raising, surveys, distribution and training for all activities.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - d.light S250
Cost of technology
Product - d.light S10
Cost of technology
International shipping
Clearance and local duty
Local shipping
Dili to Oecusse
Training, baseline survey, awareness raising
Car rental and staff costs
Car rental and staff costs
Monitoring and oversight
Staff and travel costs
Follow-up survey
Car rental and staff costs
Wire transfer fee
Kopernik 10%
Covers Kopernik's project support costs
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.