The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by

William Kamkwamba

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Kwacha Term Timeline in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The timeline below shows where the term Kwacha appears in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Science vs. Superstition and Magic Theme Icon
...at his bed and praying his soul clean each night. Trywell scoffs at giving William kwacha bills to protect his room at night, believing that magic is nothing next to religious... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...make corn liquor, feed chickens, or set traps for birds. Now that maize is 300 kwacha a pail, people are turning to gaga as a cheaper alternative, though gaga itself is... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...better days. Trywell sets up a stall and they sell the hot cakes for 3 kwacha each – often selling out in only 20 minutes. They take their earnings each day... (full context)
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...away letting the Kamkwambas know where to collect a small dowry of a few hundred kwacha. Trywell becomes depressed after Annie leaves, though William is selfishly glad that they now have... (full context)
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William has four hundred kwacha in his pocket, enough to buy 25 kilos of maize. However, the officials at the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...the windows of Daud’s shop at the trading center. He considers earning the five hundred kwacha through ganyu, then realizes that this prototype windmill could actually use a smaller generator such... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...bolts when all the scrap yard bolts are too rusted to use. William earns 200 kwacha working ganyu and is able to pay a welder, Mister Godsten, to weld together his... (full context)
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...dynamo attached to the back wheel. Gilbert buys the dynamo from the boy for 200 kwacha and gives it to William. William thanks Gilbert over and over, then runs home and... (full context)