In January, 1995 UCLA student, Elaine Truong, founded Revoltlution, a startup aimed at helping provide electricity to rural villages in Kenya.
Elaine Truong is a social entrepreneur and engineering student at UCLA. She is passionate about startups for social good. She’s already known for creating hackathons and conferences. Now she is the CEO of Revoltlution, working together with co-founder and COO, Michelle Le, to empower Kenyans with their innovative energy-saving efforts. Michelle Le and Elaine share a passionate enthusiasm for human development and enterprising innovations to solve problems and improve the human condition around the globe.
It began with 250 microbial fuel cells, also known as “dirt batteries.” The bacteria in microbial fuel cells transfer electrons via electrochemically active proteins. These innovative devices are a low-impact solution for mobile phones charging. With the technology boom, local farmers and other small business owners use mobile phones for basic tasks that used to take ages prior to the advent of technological advances and Internet. A huge number of people in developing countries use mobile phones to streamline their business efforts.
However, without spontaneous access to electricity, they need to walk long distances just to charge mobile phones. With the ready-to-assemble kits provided by ReVoltlution, Kenyan farmers can now devote more precious time to their crops.