Inspiration: meet William Kamkwamba, Malawian inventor

by Antonio Pasolini on August 4, 2007

When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book. Kamkwamba keeps a blog about his energy adventure and he has become something of an internet sensation since Boing Boing picked up on his story.

He was also invited to one of the prestigious TED interviews. Kamkwamba, now 19, tells TED Curator Chris Anderson, his inspiring story. We wish him all the best for his future.

To paraphrase that saying about will power, ‘where there’s will…there can be a wind mill’.

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free_electron August 4, 2007 at 6:18 pm

So what I saw was a boy with some knowledge, a goal and very few resources. Wow. He made his goal and is now working to help his family even more with another more powerful windmill. Impressive.

Ethan K. August 5, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Very impressive. As humans, we really underestimate our ability to rise above and conquer. Very inspiring post!

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