Kit Yamoyo paraded by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week

Thanks to the active engagement of the Kit Yamoyo manufacturer in Zambia (Pharmanova), Kit Yamoyo had a very high profile during the parade through Lusaka on 7-Jun-16 by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week (7 to 11-Jun-16). The parade made the national TV news. This weekend the Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia (PSZ) will also hold […]

The world is safe in their hands – winners of the RSA Student Design Awards announced

It was an honour and an inspiration to be involved in the judging of one of this year’s RSA Student Design Awards – the AfricaPack – designs to improve the way medicines are protected, dispensed, distributed and/or taken in Sub-Saharan Africa sponsored by GSK. There were more than 50 entries and from these six made […]

Why branding is important for people living in poverty

Image credit: tweeted by Amy Nadine Dix @amyndix Thanks to our friends at Maternova (@maternova) for bringing this image to my attention just as I was thinking: “I must to a blog post about branding and poverty”. So, why is it that brands are so important to everyone, including those living in poverty?  Why is […]

Costing and pricing in the real world: the VAT issue, inflation and affordability

For the moment we’ve lost the battle with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to have Kit Yamoyo zero rated for VAT purposes. The ZRA pointed out that Kit Yamoyo contains soap which is VAT-able and so VAT should be charged on the kit at 16%. We responded saying that Kit Yamoyo has been approved by […]

But Mummy you should have bought Kit Yamoyo

Anecdotal evidence is emerging that our ‘all round’, 360-degree approach to the promotion of Kit Yamoyo is starting to work. On Friday (6-May) the project manager for KYTS-LUSAKA was in the Bank with her orange Kit Yamoyo T-Shirt on when another woman approached her. “Ah, Kit Yamoyo” she said pointing to my colleague’s T-Shirt. “My […]

ColaLife on EBC News Taiwan

I was very pleased to receive this news clip from Taiwan this week. In aired on EBC News several times over the weekend (7-8 May 16). The feature is based on an interview I gave after the Social Enterprise Summit in Taipei last month (17-Apr-16). The EBC editing team have done a fantastic job at […]

The KYTS Dashboard explained (Release 4)

This slide deck explains the latest release of the dashboard that calculates and displays the key performance indicators for the scale-up of Kit Yamoyo in Zambia. It has been under development and continual improvement since Jul-15 and this development can be seen here: colalife.org/dashboards. We thank Abbott Katz and DataKind for getting us started and […]

Local soap will make Kit Yamoyo 100% Zambian

This is may not look much, but it’s a significant photo. To our knowledge, these are the first 22g tablets of soap ever to be produced in Zambia. They will be produced by the only large scale hand soap manufacturer in Zambia – Trade Kings. This new, small, low-cost pack will transform access to soap […]

Cholera and Chlorine – two stories from Zambia

Here are two stories written by me, as an outsider looking in, as a vaccination campaign starts in Zambia to control the Cholera outbreak that started in Feb-16.   1. The Chlorine story Ruth adds Chlorine to water to make it safe to drink at home in Chigwilizano Village in Kafue District, Zambia Image credit: […]

Bringing our strategy for impact to life – the Ashoka Globalizer

ColaLife has been selected to participate in the current Ashoka Globalizer on Health and Lighting in partnership with the Philips Foundation. The Globalizer works through a formal process to help Ashoka Fellows scale-up their impact without necessarily growing their organisations. We’ve known from the outset that we couldn’t achieve the impact we aspire to have […]