Meet the Man Who Built His Own Power Plant

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Many parts of rural Kenya lack access to electricity, leaving residents shrouded in darkness as nighttime falls. John Magiro Wangare wanted to change that. Using a local river, scrap metal and dynamo, Wangare built a hydroelectric power station in the town of Njumbi. Today, his clean energy solution generates electricity for 250 households, creating a brighter life for his whole community. This Great Big Story was made in partnership with Dangote: SUBSCRIBE: This story is a part of our Frontiers series, where we bring you front and center to the dreamers, pioneers, and innovators leading society at the cutting edge. Let us take you along for a trip to the oft-imagined but rarely accomplished. Got a story idea for us? Shoot us an email at hey [at] GreatBigStory [dot] com Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: Make our acquaintance on Facebook: Give us a shout on Twitter: Come hang with us on Vimeo: Visit our world directly:

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Chaitanya Rao : Facing the adversity and delivering power to the people without complex or advanced technology and generating clean energy to 250 households. Somebody give this guy his frigging medal because he more than deserves it.

Suman ravi john : Such people should set an example through out the globe and should be supported and rewarded..

Investing Hustler : We need more men like this . Amazing job ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ™

Ibrahim Nawfal : I Appreciate what he said โ€œ you donโ€™t need 10 degrees to innovateโ€

MechaniFUN DIY : Real super hero for your community, ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘

_Paws_ : This how engineers and inventors in the past did everything - this is really awesome.

Hoang Vu Luu : This guy... this guy is AWESOME

Android Leeno : you do not need the most advanced technology or 10 degrees in order to start an innovation HITS me HARD.

CeGe : Great Big Story should start their own website where the viewers can go check out and donate, we need more of this man in our world.

Magnus Bekkengen : Just think about what proper education can do, as told in this video he was inspired by the dynamo on a bike and made a water turbine, a water turbine is a known given in just about any education, it starts with wind turbines and goes on to water driven water hammers then on to steam and so on. how many more villages near a stream could use that to power this group of people had an inventor among them.

( อกยฐ อœส– อกยฐ) : He later went on to find wakanda

Ben_son : Am Proud of from tanzania Kenya people are so clever people there work so hard, they are so inovative and cool love you ma brothers

LagiNaLangAko23 : Surprised they haven't gone after him yet for "tampering" with the river.

J V : Many people this guys age canโ€™t change a tire and are spending years updating their Facebook and Twitter instead of learning.

Boron De'Lanchiere : This man is very clever : Great example for how *passion and dedication* creates personal wonders.

Deepak : Love from India! U r proud man !

David Cameo : The word of the day is "Passion" love this

victor vicy : he is switching between languages so seamless-ly.....

melanie irene de ocampo : he does not even have access to quality education yet he was able to build all of this? on his own? WHAT AN AMAZING MIND :D

Mirage Rousseau : Wow that's amazinggggg

Mr. Death : "Necessity is the mother of invention"

Wheely : Wakanda should reward him with some vibranium.

Nadya Rizky : This guy makes me think what the hell am i doing

Conspiracy Gamer : This man is a LEGEND!!!

Dichotomy & Balance : From one EE to another, kudos my brother.

edmond.mp3 : Imagine if every man on the planet had such a big heart as this guy.

wickandde : Seriously it's people like this that deserve a Nobel Peace prize

GamingSteinPC : This brilliant guy will most likely be murdered. God please bless and guide this wonderful soul.

Void EM : NASA: wait he can do that

Jozhfy : if this was a "normal" person he would be selling that power instead of giving it free to the ones who need it

Michael S : They shouldโ€™ve start fund me I wouldโ€™ve donate some moneys man

Chocolate Moose : Absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing this. Inspirational to the utmost degree.

SkeleMann : This man has a heart of gold, truly amazing.

Singularity : This is 1 part intelligence and 1 part luck. Smart enough to make the solution. Lucky enough to not be impeded from others benefiting off the struggle of his people.

Alan Gomez : Where to donate for this movement?

GrizzlyClaws : Amazing guy, not only did he have a great idea he also did it.

Nature cannot be fooled : Make him president

Tony Skywalker : So what governments with lot of money failed to do done by this guy from 300 rabbits? Imagine every person started thinking and working like him, we might conquered the univers by now.

Perfect Poison : 1:10 " ... i had an interest in electricity". this Rocks meanwhile in countries that had it all drugs, alcohol, more drugs. necessity makes the man

Pawlo : ...and hes not doing it for profit, what a great man! Watch the government of Kenya or the US "buy" his power plant and make the villagers pay for the electricity

Work Hardened : How can I send this man some tools?

Great Tremor : WAKANDA FOREVER! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

nigglet sucker : We need more people like this!

Jorrdi Jabob : Now this is a man I can respect and admire. An African man doing what matters for humanity. ๐Ÿ‘ I wish Tesla could see this :)

Hari Premadasa : WAKANDA FOREVER

Ryan Vickers : Wow I expected this to be a little hobby project but 250 kW? That's a lot!

Andre Barrett : He is quite simply amazing!