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Congo nun overcomes blackouts with homemade hydroelectric plant

Congo nun overcomes blackouts with homemade hydroelectric plant

DJAFFAR AL KATANTY SISTER Alphonsine Ciza spends most of her day in gumboots, a white veil tucked under a builder's hat, manning the micro-hydroelectric plant she built to overcome daily electricity cuts in her town of Miti in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She works around the clock with a team of nuns and engineers, greasing machinery and checking the dials of a generator that is fed from a nearby reservoir and lights up a convent, church, two schools and a clinic free of charge. Without the plant, residents would only have electricity two or three days a week for…
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