Interview with William Kamkwamba

William the boy who harnessed the wind in Malawi …

How Ethan Zuckerman describes his emotions when he first heard William’s story, I have nothing more to add. It brings it right to the point:

“I was moved first to laughter, and then to tears by William’s explanation of how he turned some PVC pipe, a broken bicycle and some long wooden poles into a machine capable of generating sufficient current to power lights and a radio in his parents’ house. His ethos: “I try, and I made it.” The story I thought knew – a young man whose natural engineering talent and willingness to try our ideas everyone thought was crazy – is little more than a coda to his remarkable story. Figuring out how to make it possible for remarkable invididuals, anywhere in the world, to reach their potential is one of the more difficult challenges of international development – this remarkable book makes it clear that it’s one worth tackling. I urge you to read this book.”

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