We spent the day at a fishing hub called Ngara ("Unity" in Ngonde), with the intent of getting insight into how fishing communities interact with energy. We were particularly interested in their approach lighting, which is vital for them to mimic moonlight and attract fish.
It was a sweltering day, and the smell of drying fish clung to the humid air. As we meandered along, we saw Inebriated men stumble out of beer dens, others loaded trucks with their bounty or played games of bao in restaurants. Womens stirred large pots of frying fish and braved the sun to lay the catch of the day as they arrived, placing them on wooden stands. There was palpable tension and suspicion when we first walked around but after a few hours and a few soft drinks, a few of the locals started to open up. Despite clever LED inventions, and controversial experiments with solar lights (resulting in over fishing), it is clear that the fortunes of these fishermen are tightly tethered to an expensive and unreliable national grid.