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More urban and rural areas are connected to the grid than ever before. But with increased electrification comes an increased demand on infrastructure. Unfortunately, many countries in Africa can’t handle their new loads. The result: regular power cuts.

When the power goes, so does productivity. Our workshop shut down for the day because we can’t use any of our equipment. The internet is out. The power isn’t expected back until the late evening. For many, the day is simply added to a growing list of lost time.

But my time here is short, so I try to make the most of the situation. When power goes down in one area of town, I find work that needs to be done in another. Tomorrow morning, I will try my luck again in the shop.