William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi, was forced to drop out of school when he was 14 because his family could not afford the $80-a-year tuition. Armed with a library book about energy, he built a windmill to provide electricity for his family.
“My problem was that I didn’t have much money to buy parts to construct the windmill. Over time, I found materials that had been discarded by other farmers or by the nearby tobacco plantations, and I bought a few parts with money I scraped together,” he explained.
“Since then, he has built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his village, and two other windmills” (Wikipedia).
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