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Combining solar modules provides remote communities with electricity.

Now, a man from the Democratic Republic of Congo is making internet access affordable for his fellow citizens.

His startup, launched in Canada, uses small boxes of computer components to harness satellite signals and establish local wireless networks.

The resulting ‘digital library’ in Kinshasa can supply internet for up to 100 people within a 25-metre radius, allowing access to online courses, teaching materials, maps and books.

Emails can also be sent and received. Solar modules along with an in-built battery make the boxes self-sufficient.

Against a small annual fee, nurseries, schools, churches or entire apartment blocks can tap into life-changing knowledge.

Also worth a look: digital archives on Ukraine and historic aromas.

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