Start Up Technology Sales in East Flores, Indonesia
Phase Three

Making clean technology available to people in East Flores, Indonesia by creating micro-business opportunities for vulnerable women, helping them to move out of poverty.

Prime Square Fuelwood
Biomass Cookstove
  • Fast cooking thanks to stable, high heat
  • Uses up to 80% less wood than a traditional three-stone fire
  • Durable but lightweight & easy to transport
 The Prime Square Fuelwood Cookstove

This project has been fully funded.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Nazava Bening 1
Water Filter
  • Eliminates bacteria, viruses, and parasites
  • Fresh tasting water with no odour
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Each ceramic candle filters 7,000 litres of water
Nazava Bening 1

This project has been fully funded.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Nazava Bening Small
Water Filter
  • Eliminates bacteria, viruses, and parasites
  • Fresh tasting water with no odour
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Each ceramic candle filters 7,000 litres of water
Nazava Bening Small

This project has been fully funded.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Challenge: 

One in eight Indonesian households are headed by women – that’s over six million households.  However, according to Indonesian law, the head of a household must be a man, thus a woman who finds herself as the head of her family faces a whole range of discriminatory policies and practices.  For example, without the formal recognition as a head of household a woman cannot access the nation’s pro-poor poverty alleviation programs, such as free health care, cash transfers and rice subsidies.  Women who are heads of households cannot even get a birth certificate for their children.

These women are generally very poor. Almost 40 percent are illiterate and have never gone to school.  They typically have up to six dependents and their income is often less than US$1 per day. The women are typically widows, or have been abandoned by their husbands, or are survivors of violence. 

The link between the loss of a male head of household and poverty is well known.  Not only are families plunged into poverty, but poverty becomes the fate of future generations: children are often pulled from school by mothers unable to pay school fees, and children are relied on to work for additional family income.

How we can help: 

Working with an existing network of women's groups in Indonesia, we will provide women with training and a range of simple, life-improving technology on consignment.  The women will become technology agents and sell the products in their communities.  They earn a commission from every sale, repaying Kopernik for the cost of the products and replenishing their inventory.  Kopernik will reinvest these funds in purchasing more technology to benefit more people.

The women will also receive training in a simple maintenance and care program that will enable them to provide ongoing support and product maintenance. 

The Kopernik technology agent consignment and maintenance program will provide much needed regular income for women without them having to take on debt or risk.  It will also bring other significant yet less tangible benefits such as newfound confidence and respect within their communities. 

Kopernik has been working with PEKKA in East Flores since 2012. In the previous phases of this project, which fundraised on our previous website under the names Drinks are on me! and What's Cookin'?, we provided training to all 1,200 PEKKA members in the region. In this next phase of the PEKKA partnership, we will work with the 200 most engaged sales agents to help strengthen their micro-enterprise skills.

Who are we working with: 

We are helping vulnerable women to earn much-needed regular income, and at the same time making simple, life-changing technology more widely available in the community.

Our technology agents include divorced women, widows, single or unmarried women, housewives with disabilities or a permanently ill husband, and married women abandoned by their husbands.

Distribution: 

We will ship the technologies to two sub-districts on Adonara Island in the district of East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, one of the poorest provinces in Indonesia. From the delivery points, our local partner, PEKKA, will connect the technologies with our technology agents, so they can sell them in their communities.

Project timeframe: 
Ongoing partnership
Location :
Reaching 3500 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

Through a consignment and maintenance program, PEKKA will be contributing fully to this campaign with repayments over time. The women in PEKKA groups will become technology agents and sell the products in their communities, earning a commision from every sale, repaying Kopernik for the cost of the products and replenishing their inventory. 

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product - Nazava Bening Small water filter
Cost of technology
$15.00
100
$1,500.00
Product - Nazava Bening 1 water filter
Cost of technology
$18.50
300
$5,550.00
Product - Nazava filter tap
Cost of replacement parts
$0.55
50
$28.00
Product - Nazava filter candle
Cost of replacement parts
$7.25
100
$725.00
Bulk order discount from Nazava
-$1,938.00
Shipping - Nazava water filters
$1,916.00
Product - UB.03-1 biomass stove
Cost of technology
$17.75
300
$5,325.00
Shipping - UB.03-1 biomass stoves
$1,222.00
Wire transfer fee
$45.00
2
$90.00
Paypal/other payment processing fee
3.3% average based on the average size of project and average donation amount
$549.00
Kopernik 10%
Covers Kopernik's project support costs
$1,663.00
TOTAL
$15,877.00
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.