William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba was born August 5,1987. He was born into a poor family who relied soley on farming.
A serious famine forced Kamkwamba to drop out of school, and he was not able to return to school because his family was unable to afford the school fees. Because of his love for education, Kamkwamba began to frequent the library. It was there he discovered his true love for electronics.
He had set up a small business for repairing his village’s radios.

He gained fame in his country when, in 2002, he built a windmill to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s house in Masitala using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard. He got the information from library books. He was aged 14 years.
Since then, he has built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his
village and two other windmills(the tallest standing at 39 feet) and is planning two more, including one in Lilongwe, the political capital of Malawi.

He didn’t let a lack of school stop him. You shouldn’t let ASUU strike stop you?


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