Please help ColaLife take its next big step

Nigel Bolding and I are getting on our bikes again to raise funds for the next phase of ColaLife – moving things to other countries – and we’re hoping that many of our supporters will be able to sponsor us. Whatever you can manage – every little helps. Our fundraising page is here: virginmoneygiving.com/ColaLife-C2C-2017 but […]

New Kit Yamoyo Screw-top format hits the supermarket shelves

  This is such exciting news. Nearly 4 years after the screw-top format of Kit Yamoyo was conceived and designed, it has finally hit the Shoprite supermarket shelves in Zambia. These pictures are just in from our team on the frontline via WhatsApp. As is often the case in ColaLife, the route the screw-top format took to […]

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 […]

Top 10 achievements in 2015

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 | 2014’s top 10 There are now 24 people assembling kits full-time at Pharmanova.  Image credit: Simon Berry 2015 has been a real turning point. 2014 was a difficult year where we struggled to keep things going in Zambia, while we sought […]

Our tribute to Salvatore Gabola

We were very sad to hear that Salvatore Gabola died suddenly over the weekend. Our thoughts go out to his family. I only met Salvatore once, in June 2006, when he was Global Head of Stakeholder Relations at Coca-Cola. He asked for the meeting through a statement made to the BBC as part of a programme […]

Our partnership with Everly

Everly is a start-up drinks company with a conscience set up by Kyle McCollom and Chris Cole in 2013. Kyle and Chris contacted us during their set-up planning, because they wanted ethics built-in to Everly right from the start. Every time someone buys an Everly product in the US, a donation comes to ColaLife. They call it ‘Hydration […]

Visiting UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen

  Back in Mar-14 our trial partner UNICEF Zambia invited us to their office in Lusaka to meet visitors from the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen. We described the work we were doing to Rudolf Schwenk who asked us to contact him once we were back in the UK so that we could present our work […]

Scaling up is tough – beware the funding gap

Running a successful trial is one thing, scaling up is quite another. So we have been told by several commentators. So, we’ve made sure we are ready for the key issues people pointed out that we would face. These include: Getting a manufacturer on board, to make the product their own. Creating a new design, […]

ColaLife shortlisted for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards

We are delighted to announce that ColaLife has been shortlisted (1 of 3) for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards in the Health category. Our funding partner, the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizen Trust, proposed and put in the entry. The awards showcase ground-breaking business initiatives that create long-term, transformative solutions to environmental, social and corporate governance […]

Grand Challenges Canada say “no”

The downside of the commitment to blog in an open and transparent way is that you have to be the purveyor of bad news as well as good. Here’s some bad news. On Wednesday night at 9:30pm Zambia time we got a call from Grand Challenges Canada to say that our bid to them for […]