How a Malawian teenager harnessed the power of the wind


At 14, with no education, William Kamkwamba devised and built a wind turbine that generated electricity for his village in Malawi

For an educated adult living in a developed nation, designing and building a wind turbine that generates electricity is something to be proud of. For a half-starved, uneducated boy living in a country plagued with drought, famine, poverty, disease, a cruelly corrupt government, crippling superstitions, and low expectations, it’s another thing altogether. It’s nothing short of monumental.

He is now 21, internationally known, in college, with a book about him, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. His village now has renewable energy for power, irrigation, and schools.

Tip: Jonathan Lundell