Archives for May 2016

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 […]