The nation of Malawi is located in southern Africa, toward the west of the continent but landlocked, surrounded by other nations on all sides. It’s one of the smallest nations on the continent (by area) and one of the world’s poorest. The population — about 16 million — is mostly rural and the economy agricultural. Infrastructure is lacking and electricity can be hard to come by. Despite the fact that demand for power is dwarfed by Western norms, Malawi’s state-run power company — which provides 95% of the nation’s electricity — is marred by rolling blackouts.
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