Does weight matter?

IMG_1532Our best guess of the gross weight of an AidPod Mother’s Kit is between 110-150g. So a crate with five AidPod kits in it would weigh an extra 550-750g. Is this extra weight an issue?

The research we have done indicates that the transport cost of the ‘last mile’ in the remote parts of developing countries is related more to volume than weight. If you want to put a box or crate on a bus you are charged for the box or crate not for its weight. If you’re on a bicycle you put as many crates on as you can. Again, it’s the number of crates that’s the crucial thing rather than how much they weigh.

But, in any case, five AidPods would add a maximum of 750g to the weight of the crate which already weighs around 16.5kg.

In Zambia, the 300ml bottles are being replaced by new ‘ultralight’ ones (the shorter one in the picture). The old bottles weigh 429g, the new one weighs much less at 303g. So a crate of new bottles weighs around 3kg less than a crate of the old bottles. A crate of new bottles with five AidPod Mother’s Kits in it will still be more than 2kg less than a crate with older bottles with no AidPods in it. The details of this are given below for the record.

A cap weighs approximately: 2g

In Zambia, the most common crate, with reinforced sides weighs approximately: 1800g

A crate full of the older 300ml bottles full of Coca-Cola would weigh:

Crate: 1,800g
Older bottles: 24 x 429 = 10,296g
Caps: 24 x 2 = 48g
Coca-Cola: 24 x 300 = 7,200g
TOTAL:  19,344g

A crate full of the newer 300ml bottles full of Coca-Cola would weigh:

Crate: 1,800g
New bottles: 24 x 303 = 7,272g
Caps: 24 x 2 = 48g
Coca-Cola: 24 x 300 = 7,200g
TOTAL: 16,320g

The DIFFERENCE between the old and new bottle formats: 19,344 – 16,320 = 3,024g

WEIGHT OF 5 AIDPOD MOTHER’S KITS = 750g (max)

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