Iowan Global-Social Entrepreneurs Create Extensive Impact

KinoSol

1. No Poverty 2. Zero Hunger 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Their primary tool and innovation is the Orenda solar food dehydrator which can be used to preserve food that would otherwise have gone to waste. This innovation dehydrates foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, insects and more with the benefits of reduced drying/dehydrating time, retention of key vitamins as well as improved sanitation.

Author

Kieren Thomas

Kieren Thomas

School

Wittenberg University

Wittenberg University

Professor

Sunny Jeong

Sunny Jeong

Innovation

The Orenda solar food dehydrator uses only the sun to dehydrate food which may then be saved for months. This food can then either be sold for income or eaten when needed.

Iowan Global-Social Entrepreneurs Create Extensive Impact

Inspiration

Mikayla, the co-founder never saw herself as someone who would start a business or even become a "business woman" but through her love for social change, KinoSol was developed.

Overall impact

KinoSol addresses many UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The main contributions deal with sustainability practices, hunger, poverty and spreading innovation and infrastructure within these third world nations. These contributions are achieved on many levels starting with the selling of technology to locals within these nations and then teaching them the tools to use the dehydrator in order to create business opportunities. By passing on business knowledge and advise, farmers may use the dehydrator to sell food year-round even when certain food items are not in season. The company also contributes to the success of the dehydrators and their usage by selling them as opposed to giving them out for free. By selling them rather than handing them out for free, it holds the owners accountable for the use and gives them a sense of pride, ownership and protection for the dehydrator. This creates a basis of infrastructure for locals and farmers who may then pass down the trade and business knowledge to the next generation, creating a business growth effect for entire communities. The impacts of this innovation are small-scale at the moment as the company is still very small itself, however, the impact is very much scalable and with more resources could create mass positive value for the communities it serves. This must be done through information sessions with leaders of these communities, whether they are political leaders or simply high impact individuals within communities. By doing this at a larger scale, word of mouth can be this companies best marketing tactic in spreading the information and innovation. The innovation itself is simple, but the business model that comes with it can create an impact to change peoples lives forever.

Business benefit

The impacts of this innovation are small-scale at the moment as the company is still very small itself, however, the impact is very much scalable and with more resources could create mass positive value for the communities it serves. This must be done through information sessions with leaders of these communities, whether they are political leaders or simply high impact individuals within communities. By doing this at a larger scale, word of mouth can be this companies best marketing tactic in spreading the information and innovation. The innovation itself is simple, but the business model that comes with it can create an impact to change peoples lives forever.

Social and environmental benefit

Running a social entrepreneurship company on a global scale can be very time consuming, which makes logistics of upmost importance. One of the ways KinoSol solves these logistical issues is by hiring and working with college students across the United States and partnering with Universities and institutions to provide information and assistance to these students. Internships with KinoSol teach students to identify social problems within third world communities, create impact assessments on these issues and develop critical thinking in the goal of creating entrepreneurial opportunities for positive impact. The main goal of the KinoSol team is not to make themselves profit nor to make these poor communities profit. The goal is on a much larger scale in providing the infrastructure and business knowledge for community growth in the long term through their Orenda solar food dehydrator.

Interview

Mikayla Sullivan, Co-Founder

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KinoSol

KinoSol

Ames, Iowa, US

Business Website: https://getkinosol.com

Year Founded: 2014

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

KinoSol is a company founded in 2014 with the goal of decreasing food waste as well as creating business opportunities within third world countries. Their primary tool and innovation is the Orenda solar food dehydrator which can be used to preserve food that would otherwise have gone to waste. This innovation dehydrates foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, insects and more with the benefits of reduced drying/dehydrating time, retention of key vitamins as well as improved sanitation. The KinoSol team is made up of 5 team members, one of which travels country to country and the rest are based at a headquarters in Iowa. Though the team is small, it is made up of people from different backgrounds holding a common goal of reducing food waste and creating business opportunities for locals of third world nations.