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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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Hi Clayton,
Thanks for adding your idea! We'd love to learn more about how it relates to opportunities for youth in the communities where you are piloting it! 

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Hello Chioma Ume !

From our earliest pilots, we have treated KinoSol dehydrators as a tool for both women empowerment and youth.

Pilot Community Observations: Women within the Kamuli District of Uganda invest additional income back into their children, creating better opportunities for their education and upbringing. In our El Salvador field-testing, the youth (teens) saw the opportunity in KinoSol dehydrators for community sharing and potential at additional income. They are currently purchasing inputs such as plantains, dehydrating them, and then selling the preserved fruit for higher returns, as well as helping to collect data and feedback from within their local communities. This responsibility is both entrepreneurial and stops potential negative distractions.

Cheers,
Clayton 

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That's great to know, thanks for sharing Clayton! 

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Hey Clayton!

Cool Idea. Some follow up questions:

General:



1. What is your corporate structure?

2. Love the idea of being in so many countries. Do you think it would be more beneficial to prove the concept (both product and business model) before you scale into so many countries?

3. Feel free to share a link so we can find you better online!



Cheers,
Alan

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Hi Alan Hurt ! 

Thank you for having a look, and for the questions!

1. We're a Minnesota Specific Benefit Corporation. In true startup form, there are currently 4 of us who wear many hats to accomplish the goals and missions of KinoSol. We're heavily involved in marketing to churches, NGOs, and aid organizations who are based in the US but operate in developing areas at the moment. We have manufacturing and supply partnerships established here in Iowa. 

2. With successful field-testing being completed over the past 15 months in numerous locations, we're content with where we started with a minimal viable product, and how we're now able to search for improvements directly related to feedback from end users and partners, unique to each country. In establishing partnerships, we have noticed that realistic time frames for conducing field-testing, feedback, and data collection vary greatly. This has caused us to try different approaches in different regions so that we're not waiting 3+ months for next steps. Ideally, we want to scale one country at a time; we just have to keep our options open for which country that will be. We have a great board of directors and advisers who are helping us with our core areas of focus. 

3. Our website is consistently up-to-date at http://www.getkinosol.com/#savethethird, and you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn :D
KinoSol and KinoSolAg.

Thank you again,
Clayton