When William Kamkwamba's parents were unable to pay his school fees, he needed a way to keep himself occupied. But he didn't take up online poker, or Sudoku. Instead, Mr. Kamkwamba cobbled together a windmill out of junk — and created a way to pump water and provide electricity to his home, and his village.
American journalist Bryan Mealer spent a year with William Kamkwamba in the latter's native Malawi. And now, the two have collaborated to document the incredible story in a new book.
We reached Mr. Mealer and Mr. Kamkwamba in Chicago.
Listen now. (7 minutes in after the Ignoble Awards piece.)