Micro Hydro Power Plant in Panjshir
Abdullah Huda Amiri, 43, is the electrician and micro hydro power plant operator in Pyawasht village. Before the completion of the project, he was an ironsmith who earned barely enough for him and his family. But since he became the plant operator his life has improved. His salary is collected by the micro hydro power council from families who use the electricity. He is paid about US$200 per month and the rest of the money collected is used for the maintenance of the machine.
Before 2015, Pywasht village in Panjshir had no electricity. Doctors stumbled over mountain roads to reach their patients, kids couldn’t study after sundown, and women gave birth in the dark. UNDP built a micro hydro power plant that converted the power of the local river into electricity to light homes, schools and clinics.
Photo: © Sayed Omer Sadaat / UNDP Afghanistan / 2016