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Kopernik Solutions

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.kopernik.ngo

Mission Statement

Connecting simple technology with last mile communities to reduce poverty.

Main Programs

  1. Crowdfunded projects connecting technology with last mile communities
  2. Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia
  3. Wonder Women Western Indonesia

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

In Kopernik's first five years, the organisation has connected simple technologies with more than 290,000 people in 23 countries. We have distributed technologies in Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Uganda, and Vietnam, and also in Japan in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami emergency. Our largest projects are in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

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ruling year

2010

Co-founder and CEO since 2010

Mr. Toshi Nakamura

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Co-founder and COO since 2010

Ewa Wojkowska

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Keywords

"simple technology" "international development" "poverty reduction" "solar lights" "water filters" "clean cookstoves" "clean energy" "simple technology" "women's economic empowerment"

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EIN

27-0962978

 Number

5125831212

Physical Address

228 Park Ave S #73293

New York, 10003

Also Known As

Kopernik

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Since 2010, Kopernik has reached more than 290,000 people in 23 countries with simple, life-changing technology. Reports from our local partners and rapid impact assessments confirm these technologies are changing lives in the last mile. Solar lights, water filters, clean cookstoves, rolling water drums, solar hearing aids and other innovative technologies are making life easier for people living in tough places. The revenue from technology sales is funding more technology for last mile communities, amplifying impact.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Crowdfunded projects connecting technology with last mile communities

We connect simple, life-changing technologies with people living in the last mile -- the most remote parts of the developing world.
How It Works:
1. We choose the best technology designed for the developing world for our online marketplace.
2. Local partners in developing countries submit proposals for technology that will help their communities.
3. We conduct due diligence, and fund the upfront costs of supplying technology with support from our corporate partners and crowdfunding through our website.
4. When projects are fully funded, we send the technology to our local partners on consignment.
5. People can buy the technologies in their communities at a locally-affordable price, paying in instalments.
6. Our local partners return the revenue from the sale of technologies to Kopernik, to fund new projects.
7. We share photos, stories and analysis of the impact of the technologies through the Kopernik website.

Category

International Development

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Female Adults

Program 2

Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia

Kopernik's Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia initiative connects clean energy technologies with families in some of the poorest provinces of Indonesia, where access to electricity and affordable cooking fuel is extremely limited. At the same time, it allows women to boost their income through selling solar lanterns, water filters and clean cookstoves in their communities.

Women receive training in technology use and maintenance, sales and marketing, bookkeeping and financial management, and public speaking. These training sessions equip them with the skills and confidence to succeed as micro-social-entrepreneurs. The women are able to launch their businesses without going into debt, receiving technologies on consignment and earning a commission on every sale.

We call these women 'ibu inspirasi' (inspirational women and mothers in Indonesian), or 'wonder women' in English. Our wonder women are superheroes in their villages: making life-changing technology available to their friends, relatives and neighbours. These technologies are life-changing because they save families time and money, improve health and safety, ease pressure on the environment, and open up new economic opportunities.

Our wonder women also inspire others through what they achieve - earning money to support their families, gaining new business skills, and gaining confidence in their ability to succeed as micro-social-entrepreneurs.

Category

Rural Economic Development

Budget

$600,000.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Program 3

Wonder Women Western Indonesia

The objectives of this project are to improve socio-economic status of women entrepreneurs through the creation of technology distribution businesses and to develop women micro-entrepreneurs through technology production, procurement, and soft-skill training.

Category

Community Development

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to reduce poverty by connecting simple, life-changing technologies to people in the last mile -- the most remote parts of the developing world.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Kopernik connects local organisations and businesses with technology producers and philanthropic funding, to make simple, life-changing technologies available to people living in poverty.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Kopernik's global team of professionals have backgrounds ranging from international development and business to engineering and design. Kopernik also works with local and international business and development partners to make a tangible, collective impact on the lives of people living in poverty.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Kopernik conducts impact assessments – comparing people's quality of life before and after the technology adoption. Kopernik does so by deploying Kopernik Fellows, typically young and entrepreneurial graduate students from leading universities, to project sites to conduct interviews with technology users. Kopernik is also using mobile SMS and other emerging technologies to track technology use and impact remotely on a real time basis.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    As of April 2015, Kopernik has reached more than 235,000 people in 21 countries with life-changing technologies. Those people now have access to safe lights, clean drinking water, smoke-free fuel-efficient cookstoves and other simple innovations. Kopernik is in the process of expanding its network of local small businesses and cooperatives, leveraging their existing business base and trust gained in the communities, to reach more people with more technology.

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

In Kopernik's first five years, the organisation has connected simple technologies with more than 290,000 people in 23 countries. We have distributed technologies in Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Uganda, and Vietnam, and also in Japan in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami emergency. Our largest projects are in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

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Blog

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Social Media

@thekopernik

@thekopernik

@115069976168241514347‎

@kopernik

@thekopernik09

@kopernik.ngo

Funding Needs

Current funding needs are based on projects - for information see: http://www.kopernik.info Kopernik also accepts operational (non-project) related funding.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Co-founder and CEO

Mr. Toshi Nakamura

Co-founder and COO

Ewa Wojkowska

BIO

Toshi Nakamura co-founded Kopernik, a technology marketplace for the developing world. Kopernik connects simple, life-changing technology with the people who need it the most. Since launching Kopernik in 2010, Toshi and his growing team have reached more than 290,000 people in 23 countries with innovative technologies like solar lights, water filters and clean cookstoves. Toshi also sits on Kopernik’s Board of Directors.

Toshi gained extensive experience in international development during his career with the United Nations.  He spent close to a decade working for the United Nations in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Sierra Leone, dealing with governance reform, peace-building and post-disaster reconstruction in tsunami-devastated Aceh.  While in Indonesia he piloted a Base of the Pyramid approach by engaging Japanese companies in pro-poor business development. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an L.L.B from Kyoto University, Japan and Masters of Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Guy Janssen

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