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Fedasa Shuma: A Dambi Dolo student invented a generator that can be turned on and off by telephone.

“I stayed at a private house baking bread at night and studied during the day,” said student Fedasa Shuma. However, he has recently gained recognition for his innovative work. The young man’s invention has been submitted for competitions at the district and national levels and received appreciation. Furthermore, he says he met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed twice at various events because of his innovative work. Although Fedasa has many technological innovation ideas, he says he is focusing on a fuel-free generator due to the importance of energy. However , the young man’s life was full of challenges. He says he was forced to drop out twice because of the problems he was facing.

“I worked in someone’s house for six years”.

Fedasa Shuma, 26, is currently a 7th grade student at Olika Dengil School, where he repairs electronics and creates various inventions alongside his studies. He said he started school in 2001 but his family was forced to drop out twice in 2003 and 2009 due to economic problems. “I dropped out of school because my family situation was difficult to support me. I also started working in people’s homes. I was doing a lot of creative work to improve my life there,” he says. “I have eight brothers. When we were all about to drop out, I taught two brothers and said, ‘I will help you instead of all of us dropping out. He then worked as a domestic worker for six years.

“I’ve been working on a lot of people’s houses. I learned to be an assistant in biscuit and bread making,” he says.

“Sometimes I stay up all night baking. At that time, I was sleepy when I went to school,” he said, adding that lack of sleep began to affect his studies. “There were times when I’d sleep in the room a lot. When the students leave for break, I lie in your classroom and don’t even hear them when they come upstairs. Children would wake me up. There are times when teachers think the intellectual is asleep. As the problem worsened, he dropped out of school,” he says.

The beginning of a creative career.

Fedasa, who started his creative career at ALI in 2005, says the incident that made him stick to creative work was a homework given to him by a teacher. “The teacher told us to make a model. I made a model of a wooden sofa pillow and imported it. The teacher saw the model and said, ‘It’s very beautiful, please bring me another one,’” he says. In 2009, he opened his own shop and started repairing electronic equipment. “Now at my electronics shop, I do all the repair works like mobile phones, Gepass, televisions and electronics,” he says.

Invention of fuel less energy generator.

Fedasa says the power outage problem in Dambi Dolo town was the inspiration for the invention of the generator. “Because I work in electronics, there is not much electricity in Dambi Dolo. If the lights are on for a week, they go out for a month. The work we do requires electricity so we couldn’t work continuously,” he says. He says he bought a fuel-powered generator to solve the power outage problem but it was not reliable because it ran out of fuel quickly and had repair costs. “I started working on this generator in 2009; but he had not succeeded. In 2010, after I worked, it burned out,” he says.

He says he then temporarily stopped inventing the generator and started working on it again in He later said he completed it in full in

A generator that can be dialed in to turn it on and off

Fedasa says the generator he invented uses car batteries or solar batteries. He says the generator can generate energy for itself and provide continuous energy without charging. “We charge the car battery from the electricity. If there is no electricity, we can use solar panels to charge. If we charge the battery by light, it will last for three days. After that, it works continuously for a year and five months without interruption,” he says. The generator can light up to 100 light bulbs, he said. However, he says the generator’s battery wears out over time.

His invention is ‘noiseless, smokeless and works for hours,” he says. Another unique feature of the generator is that it can be opened and closed by dialing on the phone. “We used a mobile board to read the sim for us. We used the board to take commands when we called or texted it to turn off the lights,” he says. “We just used two SIM cards. When we call one, this light comes on. When we want to turn it off, we call the second sim.”

One of the reasons for the generator to turn on and off was the occasional security problems in Dambi Dolo town, Fedasa said.

“Sometimes there are problems in our city regarding the security situation. There will be times to run. So I stayed at home and worked to close the statement,” he says. “For now, it can only be turned off with a phone call. In the future, I will take my license to Tele and have them reply to me only by text message,” he said.

“They love the technology”

Student Fedasa Shuma has competed in innovation competitions from district to national levels with his invention of the generator. “He passed on saying that this invention should be implemented as it will benefit our rural people,” he said. The student recently won a prize of Birr 260,000 in the 2015 ‘Biruh Ethiopia’ innovation competition organized by the Ministry of Employment and Skills.

He told the organizers of the competition that the invention does not require long distance power lines and will prevent human deaths due to electricity and will also solve the problem of electricity shortage in rural areas of the country. “They’ve loved the technology. They told me I should start working in the future,” he said. “My plan is to go into production and bring this invention to the community. If this thing solves my problem and comes out and benefits the community, it’s a great pleasure for me,” he says. Meanwhile, one of Fedasa’s sisters whom he taught has graduated and is working while the other will graduate in pharmacy this year, he told the BBC. “Now that I’m independent and the brothers have lined up for me, I’m back in school,” he said.

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