The evening of January 24, 2018 was one to remember as CHARITY BY DESIGN partner, Edesia, celebrated a remarkable milestone – the culmination of efforts of two female Rhode Island powerhouses collaborating to make a global impact.


Through donations from the Stellar Love Charm Bangle, a new packing line, “Line E,” was purchased, increasing productivity by 33% in just a few weeks for Edesia, a non-profit committed to treating and preventing malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations through ready-to-use food products.

A ceremony was held at their headquarters in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and was attended by members of the ALEX AND ANI team, including Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer, Carolyn Rafaelian.

After opening remarks from Navyn Salem, Founder and CEO of Edesia, two employees shared personal stories of seeing the effects of malnutrition in their home countries. Salem then presented Rafaelian with a plaque naming the new machinery in honor of her mother, Lucy, who she described as loving and infinitely selfless.

“Every day is an opportunity to make a difference, and Navyn is doing just that through Edesia. It is a manifestation of the heart, and I can’t think of a better partner for Lucy.” – Carolyn Rafaelian

After a ribbon cutting to commemorate the occasion, guests toured the facility to understand how their products are made and shipped to countries all over the world.

To learn more, please visit Edesia’s website.

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