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Mali's North Lit Up By Solar Power

Residents in northern Mali are finding it easier to work and study at night as a solar lighting project has been introduced to the area. 1,500 households can now have lights thanks to a UN funded project. many Malians complain about regular power cuts. Their electricity is produced by a shared dam on the River Senegal which also provides power to 3 neighboring countries. Mali is a landlocked desert nation and an important gold exporter. It's suffered from endemic corruption and instability over the years and most recently from insurrections by Islamist groups in the north. The country's one of the world's poorest nations. Around half of its population lives on less than $1.25 a day.