Zambia

Looking back

By Jitske Cnossen Whilst not having touched Dutch soil yet, as I am writing this blog 14.000 feet up in...

Girl Effect Accelerator

Girl Effect Accelerator

By Jitske Cnossen During one of my Zoona Google searches, as part of my preparation for the Accion assignment, I...

Zoona: a DNA that represents change

Zoona: a DNA that represents change

By Jitske Cnossen After returning to Lusaka, I can reflect on the great week in Cape Town I just had....

Good day, how may I help you?

Good day, how may I help you?

By Jitske Cnossen Cactus is one of Zoona’s largest partners in Zambia. They have a little over 50 well located...

The Limitations of Cash in Malawi

The Limitations of Cash in Malawi

The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Lilongwe was cash. While Zambia rebased its currency two years ago,...

I shot a lion the other day

I shot a lion the other day

We saw a small pride just over a ridge on the receding bank of the Luangwa river. There were 3-4...

LSK to CT, and a few stops in between

LSK to CT, and a few stops in between

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. Two weeks ago I visited the Zoona HQ down...

Entrepreneurship in Africa: creating Zoona

Entrepreneurship in Africa: creating Zoona

Last week during his visit to Kenya, Obama reiterated his belief in entrepreneurship as the ‘spark of prosperity’ – in...

At the center of it all: the Zoona Agent

At the center of it all: the Zoona Agent

A few weeks ago Kirsty explained a bit behind Zoona’s business model, and highlighted the fact that emerging entrepreneurs sit right at...

How to get a loan and start a business: when Zoona met Kiva

How to get a loan and start a business: when Zoona met Kiva

In my last blog post, I argued that Zoona’s agents are the ones who really make this company unique. So...