Democratic Republic of the Congo

A nun built a hydroelectric plant that's providing free power to a town in Africa. Here’s how

The Democratic Republic of Congo's run-down hydroelectric system causes daily blackouts. Image: Unsplash/ Dan Meyers

Djaffar Al Katanty

Writer, Reuters


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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sister Alphonsine Ciza runs and maintains the micro-hydroelectric power plant. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
Water used in the power plant comes from a nearby reservoir. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
The micro-hydroelectric power plant took $297,000 to build. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
A team of nuns and engineers work around the clock to maintain the power plant. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
The plant generates between 0.05 and 0.1 MW of energy. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti

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