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Kopernik has been awarded a $100,000 grant by Exxon Mobil Corporation as part of the company’s support for organizations that use sustainable technologies for the economic advancement of women in developing countries.
Kopernik will receive $100,000 to cover operational costs and seed-funding for Indonesia-focused projects. ExxonMobil announced $1 million in total funding for a range of initiatives during the Clinton Global Initiative Sixth Annual Meeting, held this month in New York. The grantees were chosen for their efforts in supporting innovative technologies that address the energy gap and help women increase their productivity and effective participation in the economy.
The lack of energy access is a significant barrier to economic advancement. An estimated 1.6 billion people in the world have no access to electricity and approximately 2.4 billion – 70 percent of whom are women and girls - rely on biomass fuels like wood, charcoal, or dung for cooking and heating. This undermines their productivity, education, health and safety.
Since its launch earlier this year, Kopernik has supported the distribution of several technologies designed for efficient and safe energy consumption. Among them is the solar lantern, which provides an efficient, cost-saving and healthy alternative to kerosene lanterns used in many rural villages.
We are excited about this new partnership and grateful to ExxonMobil for this funding. The grant will allow Kopernik to provide Indonesian women with increased access to life-improving technologies.