004, Azalea Ayuningtyas, Du’Anyam | Economic Opportunities for Women

004, Azalea Ayuningtyas, Du’Anyam | Economic Opportunities for Women

Du’Anyam provides women economic opportunity. They work with local women’s wicker weaving cooperatives. Du’Anyam markets these woven products to high-end hotels. The funds allow women to care for themselves during pregnancy with healthier foods and savings programs.

As a graduate student at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, Azalea Ayuningtyas traveled to the slums of Mumbai to conduct research on sanitation. There, she was confronted by a woman who challenged her to push beyond research and to have a direct impact into the lives of others.

After receiving her Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Azalea took a role in a prestigious consulting firm. Soon her days in a cubicle conducting market research caused her to feel that her life was moving in the wrong direction.

Eventually, she connected with high school friends and, together, they decided to take on high-risk pregnancies in the poorest, most remote parts of Indonesia. This led to the foundation of Du’Anyam, a social enterprise that provides women economic opportunity. Weaving is a form of alternative employment for pregnant women in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Indonesia.

Resources:

Du’Anyam web site: http://www.duanyam.com/

Du’Anyam on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duanyam

Du’Anyam on Instagram: https://instagram.com/duanyam/

Du’Anyam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Du_Anyam

About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

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