HARARE – A 19-year-old man who dropped out of school at Grade 7 has designed a generator using empty baked bean tins, used oil and a battery.

The output voltage can power LED lights, a phone charger and other small gadgets.

Winfrey Mhere, from Murehwa, became an instant sensation on social media when this video went viral.

His life may be about to change after businessman Shingi Munyeza asked for his contact details.

“Whilst children of his age are stuck in all manner of vices succumbing to our current economic hardships, this boy gives me hope,” Munyeza said on Twitter.