Kit Yamoyo selected as a finalist in the INDEX Awards 2015

INDEX: Design to improve life sets out to inspire, educate and engage people to design sustainable solutions to global problems. The INDEX: Award 2015 received 1,123 nominations breaking all previous records. From these, 46 finalists have been selected and Kit Yamoyo is one of them. The five winners will be revealed and celebrated on 27-Aug-15 […]

Screw-top samples arrive from China

Two sample Screw-top containers have arrived from China for our approval and we are delighted with them. They were blown from a standard pre-form (blank) into a mould designed for us by our packaging partner PI Global. The mould was made in China from a digital file sent by PI Global to the mould maker […]

Kit Yamoyo packaging – looking to the future

ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo has really captured the world’s imagination. Users in poor villages in Zambia, who helped us in the design process, really like it and so do top designers, philanthropists, judges of ethics, public health and international development specialists. In the 12-month trial retailers bought 25,000 of them. Last month the Kit Yamoyo was […]

Preliminary SODIS test results

Last Friday (28/6/13) started with a requirement on my part to produce 4 litres of fecal contaminated water (don’t ask) so that we could test the Kit Yamoyo packaging as a SODIS device. SODIS has been a recurring theme on this blog over the years and we have developed a relationship with the SODIS team at […]

Top 10 achievements in 2012

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 The end of the line. A child using the Kit Yamoyo in a remote village in Kalomo. Image credit: Claire Ward. 1. The launch of COTZ (the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia) Remote rural Kit Yamoyo retailer It has taken 25 years from the birth of […]

Katete wholesaler stocks out of Kit Yamoyos

“When the poor are converted into consumers, they acquire the dignity of attention and choices from the private sector. . . The key is affordability, without sacrificing quality or efficacy… stores must be easy to reach, within a short walking distance… availability (and therefore distribution efficiency) is a critical factor… ” CK Prahalad, The Fortune at […]

AidPod gets triple nomination for packaging oscars!

The finalists for this year’s UK Packaging Awards were announced yesterday (3/9/12) and ColaLife’s AidPod has been nominated in three categories: Innovation of the Year Best New Concept Award and CSR Initiative of the Year We didn’t actually put ourselves forward for the CSR Initiative of the Year because we are not really a CSR […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map

The image of AidPods in a Coca-Cola crate is such a strong one that many people think that is all there is to ColaLife, but there is a lot more innovation associated with ColaLife than that. The ColaLife innovation map below shows how the original idea has catalysed even more innovative thinking: Click on this […]

The first 500 AidPods arrive in Lusaka

Today the first 500 AidPods from the production tooling arrived in Lusaka and they are beautiful! These aren’t the first ones off the production tooling. The first ones did not meet the high standards of Charpak and PI Global as the side walls were of an uneven thickness. A slight modification was made of the […]

Testing, testing, 123 testing

The testing processes that PI Global have put into place for the AidPod have been extensive and thorough. 1 Selection of the sealing film Firstly, four different sealing films were heat-sealed to the AidPod and then subjected to under-water pressure tests. The pressure was reduced  to -300mB and held for 1 minute to stress the […]