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This is the true and incredibly moving and inspiring story of William Kamkwamba, who was born in 1987 and lived in a village in Malawi. He spent his young life facing hunger, drought, poverty and great adversity, living a hand to mouth existence which relied heavily on the success or failure of the maize crops - maize being the staple diet. William had a great interest in science and, in particular, was curious about how radios, batteries and dynamos worked. Electricity was only available in Malawi to the rich and influential, and that didn't include William's family. When it got dark, he and his family had to go to bed: they couldn't even afford to light their homes with smelly kerosene lamps. William taught himself about electricity and, against all the odds and using scrap items, he built himself a windmill which generated electricity to his house and, ultimately, brought water and power to his whole village - transforming the lives and living conditions of everyone.