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Micro-Hydro Generators for Lusaka, Zambia Team Five ENG 231 Dr. Bowden
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Micro-Hydro Generators in Lusaka, Zambia Project Goal To enrich the quality of life for those living in Lusaka, Zambia through micro-hyro generators and business opportunities. Target Population of the Project Our project will focus on the people of Lusaka, Zambia in Africa. This is located in south-central Zambia and is Zambia’s capital city. Lusaka is situated 25 miles north of the Kafue River and has water diverted from the river by channel to the city 1 . The two main languages of Lusaka are English and Nyanja. The population is over 3 million people as of 2007 and the city is about 70 square kilometers. There are four main roads that lead out of Lusaka headed in the four cardinal directions. However, roads within the city are in poor condition. The country is very poor and has little business opportunities. Citizens also have access to railways. Lusaka has mild temperatures all year round. This means that there is not a harsh winter with snow, which would cause water ways to freeze. They get an average of 33 inches of rain a year. This climate allows for good working conditions, if the people had opportunities to work. Currently, less than 20% of citizens are wired for electricity, but even those hooked up have the electricity heavily rationed. Most people do not have power between the hours of 6pm and 10 am. The power is not out at the same time every day and each house is different. This makes it very hard for businesses to operate after dark. This is a major reason why there are few businesses. It is not profitable to have a business without electricity at various times a day. Because of this, most people simply go to bed once it gets dark out. With the poor economic situation and electricity outages, over 60% of Lusaka inhabitants are unemployed. Some sell little items in markets. Clothes are merely discarded clothing from the West, sold to Africa in bulk 2 . About 68% of people in Zambia live under the poverty line. This breaks down to 78% in rural areas and 53% in urban areas. It is one of the poorest nations in the world. These conditions could be improved with the help of stable electricity and business moving in to the area. There are parts of Lusaka that are more developed than others. One area of the city recently built a shopping mall and night clubs. Lusaka has become one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, 1Encyclopedia Britannica 2http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel/cities/lusaka.htm
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which gives it huge opportunity to grow economically as well. There is just starting to be industrial development, which is helping the standard of living. However, there is still a large part of the city that is very poor. A friend of ours lived in Lusaka last summer while starting a hospital.
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