Kopernik is an on-line marketplace of innovative, life-changing technologies designed for the developing world.
- Most women across Asia and Africa make four trips a day to collect water, carrying 10 litres on each trip.
- In the developing world 4000 children a day die from no access to clean drinking water.
- 80% of the developing world has no access to electricity. Kerosene use leads to 1.6 million deaths a year from smoke inhalation or fire. Gathering firewood exposes girls to danger and strips forests.
- Most developing countries have few trained optometrists and few eyeglasses.
The Thunderbird TEM Lab Team is in the field to assess the social impact of the technologies that are being distributed to these women and identify economic opportunities that have resulted from the use of the cooking stoves and the water purifier. Furthermore the team will generate feedback for improving the distribution process, an analysis of operations and working with Kopernik’s strategic partners on the field to ensure that a business model can be developed for replication in other emerging markets.