KinoSol co-founder Ella Gehrke in Uganda

The following is a submitted press release via Rebecca Lyons at

KinoSol has been awarded $17,000 from the Dennis Byrne’s Endowment via the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa. The work KinoSol will be able to accomplish by way of this grant is thanks to the generous fund left by church member Dennis Byrne upon his passing.

When Dennis Byrne died in 2013, he left $1.1 million to be used for mission work, with a particular focus on international efforts. Byrne devoted his life to helping those in need and was an active member of the Collegiate United Methodist Church. His legacy is overseen by the Collegiate/Wesley Endowment Board, and recipients like KinoSol are determined on an annual basis.

KinoSol is honored to be awarded this grant, which will be used for delivery of 100 KinoSol Orendas to KKOVC, their partner in Rukungiri, Uganda. KKOVC is dedicated to improving the welfare of the people of Uganda, especially local communities, by providing skills in modern farming through free workshops and training.

Delivery and implementation of the 100 Orendas will begin in December, 2017.

About KinoSol
KinoSol’s team is comprised of Iowa State University students and alums. Its mission is to end food waste, sustainably. KinoSol launched in September 2014, and began delivering its first product to regions worldwide in January 2017. KinoSol’s first product is the Orenda, a solar-powered food dehydrator with a storage component, designed to help families in developing regions to preserve additional food and nutrients.


Rebecca Lyons
KinoSol – SBC
(563) 320-9420