Any questions?

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I’m off! And here’s my visa to prove it. But before I go, please help me out with ideas of what information I should try and gather while I’m there. I got a load of questions from Julian this morning that were really helpful in giving me ideas on who I should try and talk to, what video I should try and get and so on. Here are a selection the Julian’s questions. Please comment with others or email them to s[dot]berry[at]ruralnet[dot]org[dot]uk. Thanks.

How many cokes do Coca-Cola distribute a year in Africa?

What is the volume of a coke bottle?

What is the volume of each ‘pack’ you want to distribute?

How many trucks and employees do coke have out there?

The average age of those who can be helped?

How much does a coke costs?

How many coke bottles fit in the average truck?

If you had a truck full of cokes, how many cokes would the ‘packs’ displace?

How young do people start drinking coke in Africa?

At the age of 5, how many ‘brands’ do children know?

At what age do young Africans learn to say ‘coke’?

Any more questions anyone?


  1. Anne Schram says


    Great initiative! Please read this comment.
    Two questions to ask the Coca Cola people:

    – Coca Cola likes to use her distribution system to reduce poverty in Africa. People in Africa need information to reduce their poverty. For instance information on health, agriculture (how to improve your harvest) and money (how to save money, how to get loans). I am a Dutch publisher living in Dar es Salaam and I want to publish short, clear, basic manuals on these subjects. Distribution of books is a huge problem in Tanzania. I also thought of CC’s distribution network. Do the CC cases perhaps have space for one flat square manual in each? Or how could the cases be adjusted to create that space?

    – Coca Cola is keen to reduce carbon emission and to stop climate change. In Tanzania they have planted over 31,000 trees around Mount Kilimanjaro and in Dar es Salaam they recycle over 80 per cent of all the dirty water. If they are so environmental friendly, would they please consider to put their water brands (Dasani, Kilimanjaro) in glass bottles just like sodas? Plastic bottles make up 10 percent of all the garbage in the seas and oceans. Everyone in Tanzania who can afford it drinks mineral water, even more than in Europe, and garbage collection is problematic over here. Recyclable glass water bottles would make a huge difference, and Coca Cola should be the one to give the good example!

    To answer your question: a coke costs between 350 and 400 Tanzanian shilling a bottle, about 25 eurocent.

    On the O.R.S. sachets a proper illustrated manual should be printed with clear step-to-step instructions appropriate for illiterate users. I am a technical writer and can help you with it.

    Good luck!


  1. Simon Berry says:

    Please help me out with questions I need to ask on the Colalife Tanzania trip. Thanks.