Archives for September 2012

Demand-driven distribution chains – Step 1: Create a desirable product

I have written before about supply-led versus demand-driven distribution systems. ColaLife is seeking to demonstrate that you can establish a demand-driven system which will pull a public health commodity into remote rural communities in Zambia. The tweet-sized version of this hypothesis goes like this: “You can get a product or service to anywhere in the […]

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 COTZ Baseline Survey: Part 1

[A ColaLife Mini Blog Mini Series by Rohit Ramchandani] I’m thrilled to be writing my first ColaLife Blog entry. It’s been quite some time since I’ve written in this style, so its nice to be back in the saddle as it were. Hopefully, I can keep you as engaged as Simon does. We’ll be posting […]

The Kit Yamoyo Song – tell us what you think and tweet!

We have commissioned two songs to be used in the promotion of the Kit Yamoyo. Here’s the first one produced for us by T-Boy, Zambian Reggae/Dancehall superstar – let us know what you think – if you like it and use Twitter please tweet it! Listen on SoundCloud.

Returned from Kalomo inspired!

It’s Monday night (17/9/12) and Jane and I have just returned inspired from Katete – one of the COTZ intervention districts. We spent the morning with Boyd and Charlotte, the new Keepers Zambia Foundation staff based there. The main purpose of the visit was for Jane to run a training of trainers session on the […]

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 […]