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Northstar Foundation invests in women, health and arts via Du’Anyam



Northstar Foundation invested in an Indonesian company that gives pregnant women work they can do late in their terms without risk.

The company, called Du’Anyam, is a handicraft retailer that works with wicker weavers, specifically pregnant women in poor farming communities. It helps the women sell their baskets, boosting their incomes and making it possible for them to avoid strenuous agricultural labor while pregnant, which can endanger their health. Du’Anyam also provides education on nutrition and financial literacy and works with local midwives on care access.

The company started in 2014 out of the MIT Global Poverty Initiative. It works with 450 weavers in 17 villages supplying their crafts to corporations, hotels and shops. The foundation, run by private equity company Northstar Group, did not disclose the size of its investment.

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