After Melia Winata completed her Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne she returned home to Indonesia, having broadened her world view and knowledge. Initially Melia planned to continue studying and follow a career in a medical field but instead found herself in working in the business sector.
With a passion to help others, Melia has gone on to pursue her true purpose and dream to empower women (and children) in rural Indonesia through financial independence and ultimately improve their health and wellbeing.
Together with three friends from high school, she co-founded Du Anyam, a social enterprise focused on empowering women, promoting culture, and improving the livelihood of vulnerable families in rural Indonesia. Du Anyam now works with over 1,100 women across 50 villages and in Melia was recognized by Forbes as one of the ’30 under 30’ Social Entrepreneurs in Asia in 2019.
“Dream big. Start searching for your purpose in life, either through an internship in your dream company or volunteering for organisations that you admire.”
You can read more about Du'Anyam and Melia’s achievement here.