When he was 16 years old, Bernard Kiwia designed and built his own film projector using local materials. “That was the first thing I ever made,” he remembers. “I like finding out how technology operates – and I like to have an idea and then try to make it work.”
Kiwia has now turned his passion for creation into a full-time job as the Director of Technology for Twende, a non-profit organization and school for innovation in Arusha, northern Tanzania, which provides local people with space, tools and technical advice. In his workshop Kiwia has helped hundreds of secondary school students, smallholder farmers and microentrepreneurs to design and make practical products from local materials.