Zambia

Inside Zoona: An interview with Zahir Toefy

Inside Zoona: An interview with Zahir Toefy

Last week I flew down from Lusaka to spend some time working with the product and development team down at...

Those boards don’t work on water, unless you got POWER!

Those boards don’t work on water, unless you got POWER!

The scene opens with Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) being chased out of a cafe by a gang...

What makes Zoona different: first impressions

What makes Zoona different: first impressions

This year, there are two Accion Ambassadors at Zoona in Zambia – Nile’s already explained well what Zoona does but...

This.Is.Awesome.

This.Is.Awesome.

Last Wednesday was the highlight of my trip so far. I had the opportunity to visit one of the most...

1 down. 10 to go.

1 down. 10 to go.

Hello there! I just finished up my first week here in Lusaka. I’ve been fortunate enough to have an exceedingly...

Financial inclusion: it’s what’s for lunch

Financial inclusion: it’s what’s for lunch

Here’s some recent (and some other, less recent) financial inclusion media I’m consuming on my lunch break, far from Zambia (most of us...

It’s scalable! It’s revenue generating! . . . So is it a social enterprise?

It’s scalable! It’s revenue generating! . . . So is it a social enterprise?

Running the social entrepreneurship check on Zoona Try this: Google the words “Zoona” and “social enterprise” together. What do you...

How Zoona keeps it real

How Zoona keeps it real

In Nyanja, one of Zambia’s 73 official languages, Zoona means “it’s real!” or “it’s true!”—an exclamation to emphasize fact. After spending...

ATMs, airtime, and algorithms—what’s beyond microfinance

ATMs, airtime, and algorithms—what’s beyond microfinance

It’s been a whirlwind of “work hard, play hard” here at Zoona. Last week, I was doing fieldwork in the...

Seven Reasons Why Mobile Money Thrives in Zambia

Seven Reasons Why Mobile Money Thrives in Zambia

News from the Zambian front: While Americans are still gushing over Venmo — the app that allows you to move...