- Published on Friday, 10 August 2012 07:49
This article, written by Elly Pradervand, appeared on The Huffington Post on August 09,2012
Afghanistan has one of the lowest consumption rates of electricity per person worldwide. To the outsider, this statistic may represent nothing more than the inevitable result of stalled reconstruction efforts or the mismanagement of funds. Yet to the people of rural Afghanistan, the lack of such a necessity manifests in a number of daily struggles.
When the sun goes down in parts of Afghanistan, rural villages disappear into the darkness. But thanks to the ingenuity of one woman, this is no longer the case for the village of Patoo in the Ghazni province. With resolute leadership and a resourceful idea, Leila Hakim-Ali brought electricity to families throughout her village. It is for her spirit and dedication that we choose to honor Leila in our Series on Women Changing the World.
Born and raised in a small village in Ghazni, Leila always strived to create a better life for her family and her community. As an adult, this drive to demand and effect change lead her to train as a community health worker. During one of these training sessions, Leila learned about the benefits of hydroelectric power, the process of generating electricity from power harnessed by falling or flowing water.
READ MORE AT The Huffington Post