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Kopernik insights:
12 April 2017

Better sales performance achieved when spouses get involved... but not too much »

Each year we conduct an assessment of our Wonder Women entrepreneurship program to evaluate its impact and test how different variables may affect sales performance. We asked 66 Wonder Women about the level of involvement from their spouses in their business. The answers ranged from “no involvement” to “fully involved.”1 We found that the increasing participation of the spouse corresponded to proportionately higher sales - but only to a certain point.

By Anna Baranova

Kopernik in action:
23 March 2017

Introducing Rumbia: a new NGO focused on renewable energy in Aceh »

Kopernik is proud to announce the launch of Rumbia, a new independent non-government organization originating from our North Aceh team. Rumbia was formed in order to address specific energy-related issues facing communities in the North Aceh region. The Rumbia organization will focus their efforts on renewable energy solutions and will continue to oversee the Wonder Women program in the region.

By Ina Saptiono

Kopernik in action:
19 March 2017

ExxonMobil and Kopernik expand business opportunities for our Wonder Women in East Java »

19 March 2017, Tuban, East Java | Kopernik is happy to announce the launch of our newly revamped Wonder Women Western Indonesia Program. Together with our funding partner, ExxonMobil, the program will facilitate business development assistance to eight selected female entrepreneurs from our Wonder Women program in East Java throughout 2017.

By Feby Ramadhani

Kopernik in action:
01 March 2017

Celebrating 7 Years of Serving the Last Mile »

On 19 February, the famous mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus celebrated his 544th birthday. On the very same day this year - like its namesake - Kopernik also had a birthday and turned seven!

 

By Feby Ramadhani

Kopernik insights:
28 February 2017

INEFFECTIVE DRYING CAUSES $3 BILLION LOSS ACROSS 10 AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES IN INDONESIA »

In our latest agricultural research, we wanted to better understand the post-harvest challenges faced by smallholder farmers in Indonesia. By interviewing farmers and other stakeholders, we found that ineffective crop drying techniques - a common step in the value chain of many commodities - are one of the major causes of economic losses in the agricultural sector.

By Nadya Pryana

Kopernik in action:
02 February 2017

Lessons from a multi-tasking wonder woman »

Ibu Detty - a teacher, mother of two, owner of a small kiosk, and an active member of her local community - is one of our most inspiring Wonder Women. Our Program Officer from West Timor, Yan Kanahebi, writes about Ibu Detty's experience in selling clean energy technologies in the last mile.

 

By Yan Kanahebi

Kopernik insights:
01 February 2017

Hermetic storage solutions reduce weevil contamination by up to two thirds »

In the eastern part of Indonesia, weevil infestation accounts for a large portion of post-harvest grain losses. The insects are especially harmful for the country’s indigenous crop, sorghum, due to the warm and humid conditions in which this crop thrives.

By Toshi Nakamura

Kopernik in action:
18 January 2017

A new year comes with a new approach to finding what works »

With the New Year comes new year’s resolutions, new beginnings and excitement for what the year ahead may bring. For Kopernik, 2017 is a year full of innovation potential. This year we are throwing ourselves headfirst into a new series of projects that we call ‘experimental’ projects. Why experimental? Because only by testing and experimenting with ideas will we find a solution that works.

By Sarah Wilson

Media coverage:
13 January 2017

Clean-energy innovation is key to sustainable development practices

As the Zayed Future Energy Prize rolls around for another year, we take a moment to reflect on what winning the prize in 2016 has meant for Kopernik. Our Communications Advisor, Anna Northey, writes about the importance of continued efforts to embed clean energy solutions into everything that we do.

Media coverage:
12 January 2017

How to scale your business across Indonesia’s remote islands

Kopernik is something of a hardware startup for basic appliances. It has a range of durable, easy-to-use tools in its inventory: solar lamps, water filters, biomass stoves. It sources them from different suppliers and distributes them in remote villages of Indonesia through a network of resellers who earn a commission for each item they sell. How the social enterprise expands into new territories and introduces traditionally-minded communities to new habits holds valuable lessons for all entrepreneurs.