Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013
This description of Ewa Wojkowska's work was prepared when Ewa Wojkowska was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
Millions of people living in remote areas do not have access to electricity and clean water. On the other hand, simple, technology based solutions exist but are not reaching the people in far-flung communities. Ewa Wojkowska has created distribution systems in order for people in remote areas to have access to life-changing technology in Indonesia and other parts of the world.
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To date, we have been working primarily with solar lights, water filters and clean cookstoves, which make life easier for families in remote communities, particularly for women. Beyond the household level, we are expanding our work into productive use of technologies, for example food?processing and agricultural technologies, which can increase productivity and economic opportunities in the communities we serve. From launching in 2010 until 2015, we have connected simple technology with more than 320,000 people. These products are saving families time and money, improving health and safety, easing pressure on the environment, and opening up new economic opportunities ? especially for women, through our Wonder Women Indonesia initiative. We train women in some of Indonesia's poorest provinces to become clean energy micro?social?entrepreneurs ? and currently work with 330 'wonder women', who sell technologies in their communities. In addition to improving distribution of technology, we plan to expand our activities on technology needs identification, assembly and testing.

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