He comes from Malawi, a state in the southeast part of Africa. Although his English is not very good, his sense of humour is fresh and touching. So is his story. Back in 2001 his nation was in a trouble. Drought threatened people in South Africa with starvation. He did not "accept this future". But watch the video first and then listen to me.
He and his family are simple farmers "in a country of poor farmers". Developed nations have been trying to help Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, to fight famine through "heavily subsidised seeds and fertilisers". I do not know how sustainable that kind of help might be, since the other important issue is population in Malawi and its growth. What you may ask yourself and, thus, challenge my post, is which is the best way to take.
Well, look at William. Watch the video again. His story is a story of success. He had to leave school because he had to take care of their land and crops. He could barely read, but he built wind turbines! Yes, simple and not very efficient ones, but they brought electricity to his home.
Read his blog on http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/. There are a bunch of videos of him out there, you can even have his book - The boy who harnessed the wind. What about Moving Windmills Project? Now he is even trying to rebuild his school.
A bag of crops? A box of fertilisers? No. Knowledge and passion was all he needed. This may not be the case or THE solution, but it is a way, by all means.
What do you think?