Switch on Papua, Indonesia
Phase One

Let's connect simple solar lights with families in the Yahukimo regency of Papua, an area so remote that over 300,000 people have no access to light at night, not even to kerosene lamps or candles.

d.light S300
Solar lantern
  • Up to 16 hours of bright light or 100 hours on the bed light setting
  • Much brighter, safer, and more efficient than a kerosene lamp
  • Two-year warranty & lifespan of 5+ years
  • Also charges mobile phones
The S300 features 4 brightness settings, providing up to 16 hours of bright light (100 hours on the bed light setting)

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

Challenge: 

In the central highlands of Papua there is no electricity outside the main town of Wamena. There are over 300,000 people in these remote communities who don’t have any light at night - not even access to kerosene lamps or candles. Children have no light to study at night and teachers have no light to prepare their lessons. 

How we can help: 

We will connect d.light S300 solar lanterns with families in remote villages, providing them with safe, clean light at night. The solar lights are portable, meaning they can also be used in village meeting spaces to light up community meetings. People can also use the d.light S300 to charge their mobile phones. Access to solar light will significantly improve the quality of life in the highlands of Papua. 

Who are we working with: 

We are helping families in very remote mountain villages in the Yahukimo regency of Papua. All access is by small aircraft or by foot. The solar lights will be used by men and women who are subsistence farmers. They do not have access to electricity or mobile phone coverage, although many hike one day to the top of a mountain to use their phones. In many villages they have to walk long distances to obtain clean water. The majority of villages are located from two to seven days walk from the nearest town. The only fuel option is firewood which is obtained from steep mountain slopes. We will select people in need from these remote communities who are open to trying new technologies and who will share their knowledge with others.

Distribution: 

Our local partner, Yasumat, will distribute the solar lights from their district information centres through volunteers. The technology will be introduced at village meetings where people will learn about using the technology and the cost. The six district information centres will order from a central technology distribution centre based in the highland town of Wamena. People will also be able to come to the shop to see the technology and take it back to their villages. The shop will distribute the technology and raise awareness in places beyond our target area.

Project timeframe: 
Four months
Location :
Reaching 830 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

Financial contribution: Transportation and storage (transportation will be by plane where payment is by kilo).

Non-financial contribution: Volunteer promotion and distribution

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product d.light S300
Cost of technology
$28.00
190
$5,310.66
Shipping
$1,253.69
Wire Transfer Fee
$45.00
1
$45.00
Kopernik 10%
In order to cover due diligence costs that Kopernik conducts
$724.00
TOTAL
$7,333.34
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

A huge Kopernik thank you to the 3 people who pitched in $7,333.34