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The Boy Who Harnessed the WindBy William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer

In a Nutshell

This 2010 memoir from Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba tells the story of how curiosity and drive enabled him to build a functioning windmill when he was just 13 years old.

Favorite Quote

A windmill meant more than just power. It was freedom … I'd never tried anything like it before. But I knew that if someone else could build them in Europe and America, then I could build one in Malawi.

William Kamkwamba


Have you ever considered experimenting with an idea but doubted your ability? One thing is certain: we can never succeed if we do not try.

William Kamkwamba is a prodigious inventor who educated himself and single-handedly built a functioning windmill aged just 13.

Kamkwamba grew up in a village in Malawi, in southeastern Africa, living through poverty and famine from a young age.

Kamkwamba's 2010 memoir, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, captured minds worldwide and was made into an award-winning film in 2019.

In the book, Kamkwamba tells the inspiring story of determination and commitment that led him to bring electricity and life-saving irrigation to his home against all odds.

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