John and Stephanie France, Puna District, Hawaii

Interview By Sasha Abramsky | Posted Wednesday March 28, 2012

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John and Stephanie France - poverty - Puna District, Hawaii

Disabled Vietnam war veteran John France, originally from St. Louis, lives in Hawaii with his wife Stephanie. They live in a pink wooden house, built on the edge of the bush. Not on the grid, they get power from a generator and water from a local public well. They can only afford to run their generator two hours a day, meaning they go to bed at 7 or 8 o’clock in the evening, when the light runs out. Their major desire in life? Electricity. Their major fear? Growing old and having to carry heavy loads of water to the house each day.

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