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In 2007, Navyn set out to help end the crisis of malnutrition for over 250 million children around the world by setting up a factory in Tanzania, her father's home country, that would produce ready-to-use therapeutic foods to treat severe acute malnutrition. In 2009 she expanded the vision by founding Edesia, a U.S. non-profit, social enterprise, with a mission to treat and prevent malnutrition in developing countries worldwide. The factory in North Kingstown, RI produces a range of fortified, peanut-based products like Plumpy'Nut for humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, World Food Programme, USAID and other NGOs working in emergency and conflict zones. Since 2010, Edesia has reached over 7 million children in 51 countries, including Somalia, Guatemala, Yemen and Syria.
Navyn was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year/New England in 2018, New Englander of the Year by the NE Council in 2017, New England Business Woman of the Year by Bryant University and received the Robert E. Joseph Prize for being an outstanding humanitarian by Hebrew Union College in 2012. She was awarded honorary degrees from her alma mater, Boston College (2012) as well as Bryant University (2014), Providence College (2017) and Curry College (2018). She is a Trustee of Boston College. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Navyn is mother to four daughters and lives in Barrington, RI.