Curating chaos

It’s all very well sitting in an office and planning something to within an inch of its life – which is what we did – but you need to try things out to really learn and plan properly. In theory the value chain we have created works like this: We create a desirable product – an […]

The bridge to Siachitema

Siachitema was the target area in Kalomo District for the test run of the supply chain before we started the trial. We recruited our first two retailers there – Joy and Golden – and we now have 4 registered retailers in Siachitema. Last week, while I was in the UK, my colleagues from Keepers Zambia […]

Retailers buy by the box full

When we were designing the ColaLife Trial in Zambia (COTZ), we agonised over the unit of sale to retailers. We had some information on the working capital that remote, rural retailers had. But not much. We finally settled on a pack size of one bag of 5 kits as the unit of sale to a […]

A day in the field in Katete

Mothers and children (in their finest) at an under 5’s growth monitoring clinic in Mnthipa Village, Katete Today I had the pleasure to accompany the KZF staff of a field trip in Katete where we linked up with a group of women who had brought their children to an under 5s growth monitoring session. With […]

Rohit reports on our trip to Katete on 3 December

Some of the best moments of this project occur when we least expect them, many of them in the field. This is where the real story is taking place. We had a number of these moments during our visit to Katete a couple of weeks ago (3/12/12). Now that the retailers are engaged, the promoters […]

The Kit Yamoyo is a hit

During the field trip on Thursday (8/11/12) the feedback we got on the Kit Yamoyo was 100% positive. When people were asked if the Kit Yamoyo was good the response wasn’t ‘Yes’ but ‘Maningi’ meaning ‘very’. However, I’m always suspicious that people say what you want to hear. Before our trip out on Friday morning, […]

A day in the field in Katete

I’m just back from a day in the field in Katete and wanted to share some of my observations. These are just observations at the moment, not evidence. You’ll have wait for the midline survey for the first evidence to emerge. We visited 13 registered retailer,s and a 14th who we would like to recruit, […]

Notes from Tuesday in rural Kalomo

Last Tuesday (30/10/12) started at 6am and finished at 7pm. The day was spent traveling around rural Kaloma calling on rural health centres, promoters and retailers. We delivered vouchers to health centers and promoters and collected vouchers from retailers that they had collected in exchange for Kit Yamoyos. Health centres act as one of the distribution […]

Picture of the year | Kit Yamoyos on a bicycle

This picture was sent to me this afternoon (22/10/12) and it’s significant. It was taken by Elias, one of the Keepers Zambia Foundation field staff, on his way back from the field on Friday (19/10/12). This is one of the retailers that Elias and his colleague, Justina, have trained. He’s visited the Coca-Cola wholesaler in […]

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 […]