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A Businesswoman From Bondo

A Businesswoman From Bondo

A Nursery Growing Trees For Planting In The Watershed

A Nursery Growing Trees For Planting In The Watershed

Barber Shop

Barber Shop

CD Burning Enterprise

CD Burning Enterprise

Carrying Gravel

Carrying Gravel

Children Of The Community

Children Of The Community

Committee Chairwoman

Committee Chairwoman

Household Connection

Household Connection

Live Broadcast On The BBC World Service

Live Broadcast On The BBC World Service

Lower Bondo Intake

Lower Bondo Intake

Lower Bondo Power House

Lower Bondo Power House

MEGA's Customers

MEGA's Customers

Maize Mill

Maize Mill

Measuring The Headrace Levels

Measuring The Headrace Levels

Member Of The Community Served By MEGA

Member Of The Community Served By MEGA

Mother And Child In The Clinic

Mother And Child In The Clinic

Power House And Distribution Grid

Power House And Distribution Grid

Students At The Grid Connected Primary School

Students At The Grid Connected Primary School

Transformer At Clinic

Transformer At Clinic

Upper Bondo Intake

Upper Bondo Intake

Woman Carrying Sand

Woman Carrying Sand

Bondo Village

Bondo Village

Schoolboys Walking Home In The Rain

Schoolboys Walking Home In The Rain

The Bondo Distribution Network

The Bondo Distribution Network

The Tea Truck

The Tea Truck

Powering the BBC World Service

In March 2016, Bondo village hit the world stage, sharing its news with 300 million people from each corner of the globe.  The BBC World Service broadcast live from the village with a morning programme exploring the solutions to Africa’s energy poverty crisis.  MEGA was recognised as a pioneer in off-grid electricity supply in rural areas.  Interviews with people in the village described how access to electricity can transform lives and livelihoods.  

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Productive Use of Energy to Spur Economic Growth

Mr Arnold KadziponyeArnold Kadziponye,
Project Coordinator,
Mulanje Renewable Energy Agency (MuREA)

MEGA is Malawi’s first licensed Independent Power Producer and currently generates 60kW from hydro power and has 280 customers.  It serves the village health clinic and two schools, namely Kabichi Primary School with an enrolment of 1505 pupils and Kabichi Secondary School with an intake of more than 400 scholars. The excitement in the village was immense after seeing that it is indeed possible to generate electricity from the same river found in their village.

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MEGA Demonstrate Technologies Fighting Poverty

Victor Chambayika Mhango,
Country Representative,
Practical Action Consulting-Malawi 

In a country of 17 million people, it should not be acceptable that only 1% of those living in rural communities have access to clean energy. Lack of access to modern energy services is a major obstacle to the delivery of socio-economic services such as education and health in most developing countries in general. This is particularly so in Malawi where 85% of the population live in rural areas but only 1% have access to electricity.

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