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A Young Man From Malawi Is Reinventing the Wheel

Growing up in a rural village in Malawi, Ackeem Ngwenya and his cousins would collectively carry 40 pounds of corn to a milling station to be processed into flour.

The journey doesn’t sound too bad for a kid with a bike on a smooth sidewalk or road: three miles there, three miles back. But this was six miles of walking across uneven terrain, alternatively rocky, sandy, and muddy, with a heavy load. Such poor road conditions are typical throughout Malawi. Floods earlier this year displaced nearly a quarter of a million people, leaving many without access to basic services.


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