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NORTH KINGSTOWNâWhen Navyn Salem brought along her two children on a humanitarian mission to Haiti, a local woman abruptly handed over her own child to bring back to the U.S. Stories such as these have brought Salem to fight against global malnutrition, particularly among children, as the executive director of Edesia Global, a non-profit organization which develops portable, nutritious products for undersupplied countries, namely in Africa.
â[Her children] asked, âwhy is she giving us her baby?â said Salem of the moment. âShe doesnât see any hope for this child, [and] she thinks this perfect stranger has a better chance of providing for their child. That is not an easy concept to grasp.â
In 2007, Salem set out to make healthy, peanut-based food products which could be then distributed efficiently to local populations suffering from malnutrition, establishing a local factory in her familyâs native country of Tanzania. Now, after initially founding a factory in Providence, she is continuing operations at Quonset Business Park, having signed a 25-year lease last Tuesday.
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