William and the Windmill

in 2002,14 year old William Kamkwamba, built windmills using scrap metal that brought electricity and water to his village in Wimbe Malawi .
William had to drop out of school when famine struck his family. Even through the struggles of life, William would not give up on his dreams of studying science. In some of his old science textbooks, He saw a pictures of windmills and learned that they can pump water and generate electricity.
His first windmill was made out of scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves. That windmill powered four lights and two radios and was complete with switches and circuit breakers that he made from nails and wire. A second windmill provided running water for irrigating crops.