Simon Berry
  • Lusaka and Kalomo and Katete Districts
  • Zambia

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Simon Berry, ColaLife

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I am a social entrepreneur, I work for a non government organisation, I work for a non-government organisation
About my work:
I am interested in partnerships and collaborations between the business and other sectors that generate win-win opportunities for all parties and alleviate suffering and poverty at the same time.
I am the founder and ceo at ColaLife and I'm the project manager for the first trial of ColaLife in Zambia.
I blog regularly on the progress of ColaLife at

I lead a campaign with a growing number of members (>7,000) which is interested in working with Coca-Cola to reduce child poverty. We want to use Coca-Cola's distribution muscle in developing countries to save children's lives.

The campaign is called ColaLife and it has a website, blog, Facebook Group, Flickr Group, Google Group and more. There are more details here:
Topics on my radar:
Base of the Pyramid, Enterprise Development, Health, Inclusive Business Models, Partnerships
Other Topics on my radar:
Piloting of the ColaLife idea.

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Simon Berry's Blog

Shoprite Zambia to stock Kit Yamoyo nationwide from Dec-15

This is probably the biggest single event to happen since we started our journey to improve access to diarrhoea treatment through public/private partnership. Please read on...

Shoprite and Kit Yamoyo

From December 2015, Shoprite stores across the whole of Zambia will stock the Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit. This is the biggest event in Zambia's history with regard to providing access to ORS and Zinc for the home treatment of…


Posted on November 19, 2015 at 17:56

We created an aspirational anti-diarrhoea kit...

The latest iPM feature on ColaLife by Jennifer Tracey goes out on BBC Radio 4 at 0445am GMT tomorrow (Saturday). You'll be able to listen again here from 0500am GMT: 

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 20:09

Simon Berry: The Kit Yamoyo Anti-diarrhoea Kit

By Simon Berry, Founder and Ceo at ColaLife…


Posted on June 5, 2014 at 16:00

ColaLife shortlisted for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards

FT/IFC Business Transformation 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 submitted the…


Posted on April 28, 2014 at 19:46 — 1 Comment

Simon Berry:Seven of the Headline Findings from the ColaLife Trial in Zambia

By Simon Berry, Director and Founder, Colalife

Sorry, I've not posted for a while but I thought the BFP community needed to know this given that ColaLife's links with big business started…


Posted on April 25, 2014 at 20:30

Comment Wall (11 comments)

At 0:57 on October 3, 2009, Michael O'Neal said…
Good to meet you here as well, Simon.

Thank you for the connection. I look forward to keeping in touch.

Kindest regards.
At 12:08 on November 16, 2009, Parag Dave said…
We believe supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries is crucial to lifting people out of poverty.

We aim at providing Business Model & creating Opportunity for the poor, Under and Un Educated Youths, Training and assistance to young ENTREPRENEURS to help them to start their own industry for growth, be Self Employed to escape the endless cycle of poverty.

We have developed compact Mini machines (Plastics) affordable and convenient for the common people to start with a very small capital. The machine provides wide product range and many industry options to work with. We have been conferred by PLASTINDIA FOUNDATION with PLASTICON AWARD for the same.

We provide training and assistance to Entrepreneurs to start their own ventures in Plastic industry and also participate in EDP organised by Government and Non government organisations
At 14:02 on March 22, 2010, Kwama Leonard said…
we cant wait to be part of the team. we have several projects where we need Colalife.

Kwama leonard
At 19:51 on November 14, 2010, Lara Martin Iriarte said…
Thanks for sharing your project of colalife and the AidPods.
I find it extremely interesting. Will follow it!

Lara Martin
At 20:56 on November 15, 2010, Lara Martin Iriarte said…
Thanks for the update! already posted on my facebook.
Will definitely spread the word.

Best regards,

At 12:38 on September 27, 2011, Suzana Moreira said…


This is a great iniative.  Love the work you are doing and also would love to connect.


At 13:06 on September 27, 2011, Simon Berry said…

Thanks for your kind comments Suzana. I went to South Africa for the first time this year (Cape Town/Pretoria) and will be at the ICT4RD conference in November. I'm doing the opening slot on day 2! Will you be going?

Moving to Zambia next week . . . 



At 13:43 on September 27, 2011, Suzana Moreira said…
Simon, Colalife has the potential to transform!  My initiative is based on the same principle ( and I am in London at the moment, so if it is convenient I would love to meet up to discuss.  Let me know. Suzana
At 14:15 on September 27, 2011, Simon Berry said…

Just looked at your website and there are a lot of elements in common with the mobile elements of the ColaLife trial. We are going to be working with Mobile Transactions (Zambia) for the trial but could go anywhere after that. Drop me an email - - and I will send you the spec for the mobile elements of what we are doing.

I don't think a meeting before we go is going to be feasible.



At 10:10 on February 27, 2012, Mdoe Kiligo said…

Dear Mr Simon Berry,

I hope you work is also God work. I wouldlike to connect my Centre with your organization. I hope Coca-Cola and other products from your hands, will assist us to reduce poverty in Tanzania.

I, on behalf of my centre wouldlike to invite you here to see what we are doing .

Thanks, and I wishing you all the best!

Mdoe Kiligo

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