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KinoSol - Solar Powered Food Dehydrators with Storage

KinoSol dehydrators allow farmers to take their excess dehydrated food to market to sell at a premium price.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

KinoSol creates solar-powered food dehydrators for subsistence farmers. The dehydrators are lightweight, require no tools for assembly, and create entrepreneurial opportunities for families. They also offer a storage component below the dehydrator, to better preserve and protect food until consumption.

WHO BENEFITS?

KinoSol units decrease post-harvest loss. This directly leads to having more food, better year round nutrition, and the opportunity for excess dehydrated food to be sold at premium prices within markets. Families using KinoSol units often share the technology with other households--leading to stronger local economies.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

KinoSol is a Minnesota Specific Benefit Corporation, operating in Iowa, focused on product solutions for developing regions. KinoSol launched in September 2014, with all 4 founders being Global Resource Systems majors at Iowa State University. KinoSol dehydrator units are currently in 18 countries.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

KinoSol completed successful field-testing in Kamuli, Uganda in summer of 2015. Successful field-testing was completed in February 2016 in El Salvador, and June 2016 in Haiti. Current field-testing trials and distributions are being conducted throughout the world. Locations in Africa include: Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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Great idea, I think that if packed nicely it can for sure be sell in the market and generate an income for the families. Are you selling only the "machine" or are you also giving them training to work with it and to sell?

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Paula Bonazzi  Thank you! It's very important to us to be able to have the families generate the additional income. Our partnerships deliver units to the families, and then utilize community driven programs, or micro credit or micro loan systems. All KinoSol units are sent with detailed Operating Procedures and Practices, data sheets, and we educate our partners and those who are facilitating testing and implementing units.

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