An Italian architect has transformed the village of Sanogola by designing a portable, locally manufactured light.

This article titled “Solar-powered lamp-post provides ray of light for Mali” was written by Tamasin Ford in Sanogola, Mali, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 28th December 2012 09.00 UTC

Momodou Keita, town chief of Sanogola, a small village 300km north of Bamako, Mali's capital, stands proudly beside the community's solar-powered lamp-post – a shiny, blue, enamel-coated construction of welded bicycle parts and water pipes. “Ten villages now want these lamps,” he announces with pride from inside his traditional Malian mud-walled compound. “Now we have electricity and it helps us so much,” he says.

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