Lifestyle & Belief

Windpower from Scratch

After dropping out of school as a teenager because of poverty and drought William Kamkwamba built a windmill out of discarded materials in his village. Kamkwamba tells anchor Marco Werman how the windmill brought electricity to his tiny village in Malawi.

Turbine Trash

After surviving a famine in Malawi, William Kamkwamba vowed to prevent his family from facing hunger again. So, he set out to build a windmill  ? out of trash!


A windmill that saves a village

In 2002, teenaged William Kamkwamba had a vision in the very poor African nation of Malawi: a little bicycle generator that powers a light, if connected to a windmill, could allow him to read his schoolbooks at night. On The Takeaway.

Arts, Culture & Media

Corn in Africa

Development agencies have long promoted corn as a crop that can modernize African agriculture. Yet some food experts say Africa has now become over-reliant on corn, and the result has been increased malnutrition and vulnerability to famine.


Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz, we were looking for an African tree found in Malawi. Anchor Lisa Mullins gives the answer -- it's the baobab.