MOMRadioStephaniRuperOn this episode of Motivating Other Moms, Rosemary talks to Navyn Salem about her non-profit organization, Edesia. Navyn discusses juggling being a mom and an entrepreneur, while passionately trying to end malnutrition in Africa, and other areas around the world.


“The people that I meet are so friendly, that it’s such a missed opportunity if people don’t go and experience Africa.”

“Our job is to make life a little better for those children by delivering micronutrients”

“If we could only reach more, then those kids futures are really secured for life.”

“The girls come back and have this depth of knowledge that they can’t get by sitting in a classroom.”

“Everyone’s kids are different so you have to figure out what’s right for them.”

“I had to get over a lot of my fears and take a leap of faith, to see if I could make it happen, so here we are.”

“This is not just a box coming down a conveyor belt, it’s a complete life transformation.”

About Our Guest

Navyn Salem is the founder and Executive Director of Edesia. Inspired to action in 2007, after attending a Clinton Global Initiative meeting, Navyn first founded a factory in her father’s home country of Tanzania. She now operates a state-of-the art facility in Providence, employing 55 people in a US state with one of the highest unemployment rates. Since the RI factory opened in March 2010, Edesia has reached over 2 million malnourished children in over 40 countries. In 2012, Navyn was named New England Business Woman of the Year by Bryant University; received the Roger E. Joseph Prize from Hebrew Union College for being an outstanding humanitarian; and was given an honorary doctorate in social sciences from Boston College, her Alma Mater. Navyn is a Boston College Trustee, a board member for Crossroads Rhode Island, and a Social Enterprise Rhode Island partner. In 2013, Navyn received an honorary degree in business administration from Bryant University. In 2014, Navyn became one of the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellows.  

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Key Takeaways

[00:01:39] Navyn talks about how she started with Edesia.
[00:03:41] Navyn discusses her first research trip to Africa.
[00:05:49] Navyn shares the history of Plumpy’Nut.
[00:07:10] Navyn explains juggling her family and entrepreneurship.
[00:08:26] A look at Africa.
[00:11:06] Taking your kids abroad to learn.
[00:15:24] Exposing your children to safe and unsafe situations around the world.
[00:18:36] Funding for Edesia.
[00:21:20] Navyn’s supporting husband.
[00:23:54] Overcoming fear and expanding Edesia.
[00:26:18] Grants and other funding for Edesia.
[00:27:00] New products.
[00:27:57] Why Edesia is a infrastructure investment.
[00:29:47] About the products and how they work, and why they’re important.
[00:36:41] How to contribute to Edesia.

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