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Market Aggregator Profile:Kopernik

2015-11-16 12:00:03

In Indonesian CSI program, Kopernik acts as one of seven market aggregators to promote CSI Indonesia in the Central Java and Yogyakarta Special Regions. A Market Aggregator is “an organization, local or international, private sector or not-for profit, that contributes to the sales and distribution of clean biomass cookstoves in Indonesia.” They act as an essential component of CSI Indonesia as they have formed deep relationships with the target communities in which they directly work. Kopernik has been selected to serve as a third-party distributor and market the clean cookstoves that have passed the pilot program’s testing stage.

Kopernik is an NGO that seeks to reduce poverty by connecting marginalized communities in the developing world with simple and affordable technologies. Further, Kopernik provides their stakeholders access to new opportunities and skills to strengthen and empower the supply chain.

The organization was founded by Toshi Nakamura and Ewa Wojkowska when they saw that while life-changing technologies existed, these weren’t making it “the last mile” to reach those most in need (e.g. while biomass stoves that offer low-emission, fuel-friendly cooking are available, nearly 24.5 million people in Indonesia alone, cook over smoky, fuel-inefficient open fires); Kopernik seeks to bridge this gap.

Taking a demand-driven approach, Kopernik focuses on responding to people’s actual needs and demands. Some of their projects within Indonesia, to name a few, involve introducing educational tools to students and teachers in Bali, Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi; providing emergency relief in the form of clean water and safe lighting after the Mt. Sinabung eruption in North Sumatra; and connecting families in Papua to solar lights whom otherwise had no access to evening light. Donors fund the upfront costs of introducing technologies and creating micro-business opportunities, while the money raised from sales are reinvested in more technology to serve these very target communities. To date, they have reached 24 countries and served over 290,000 people.

 

Much like their namesake Nicolaus Copernicus, the Polish Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer who formulated an earth-shaking model of the universe that changed the way people perceived the world around them, Kopernik seeks to be a catalyst for change.

Q&A with Kopernik

Q: What is Kopernik’s objective working with CSI Indonesia?

A: Through the CSI Indonesia program, Kopernik is interested in testing out the Results-Based Financing (RBF) model as well as expanding access to improved cookstoves for Indonesians.

Q: What impact has Kopernik had on the communities they work with?

A: Kopernik has reached more than 300,000 people with life-changing technologies that include clean cookstoves, water filters and solar lights. Making simple clean energy technology available in remote villages has a huge impact on people's lives: saving time and money, improving health and safety, and easing pressure on the environment. Empowering our sales agents to sell technologies amplifies this impact – boosting their income in places where opportunities are extremely limited.

Q: How has partnering with Yayasan Dian Desa affected Kopernik’s work? 

A: The testing of the stoves in a laboratory setting and making the test results publicly available has been very helpful for our program as we can show to our partners and consumers that the stoves we distribute has passed certain standards.

Q: In what direction do you see this project going into the future?

A: Expansion to other parts of Indonesia will be important to reach those areas most in need of the clean cookstoves.



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