The Journey of a Candle
I'm so happy to introduce you to a very special candle company. Prosperity Candle is not just a candle company, they are a social enterprise with a mission to empower women who have suffered the effects of war, and help them rebuild their lives through entrepreneurship. Prosperity Candle trains women in candle production, teaches them entrepreneurial skills to build and manage their business. The company's focus is on creating real and sustainable market opportunities for women, as they believe that the key component to poverty alleviation is market-based solutions that complement traditional aid. I'd like to introduce you to one of the many women this company has helped.
In 2008, Moo Koh, her husband and their young daughter arrived in the United States. It was part of a resettlement program in Springfield, Massachusetts coordinated by the Lutheran Family Services. Shortly after moving, she gave birth to twin daughters. Today, Moo Kho proudly shares her accomplishments including having just been ordained as a minister in her Burmese church in Springfield. When asked about her dreams, she quietly replies, "I am a servant of God. Whatever God asks of me, that is what I will do."
Moo Koh works along side other women from Burma in their studio in West Springfield, Massachusetts. For many of these women, this is their first job and most of them have just started to learn English. They produce a large number of candles, carefully pouring wax and trimming wicks. Prosperity Candle is expanding, and has a pilot program in Haiti, and in Iraq.
I was sent a Peace, Prosperity, Opportunity Travel Tin to sample, straight from the studio in Springfield. The fragrance of the candle was lovely. Strong, but not overwhelming, I could even smell the fragrance when the candle wasn't lit. This candle's fragrance filled my home, better than almost any candle I've tried.
Now you get a chance to win a sample, too! The winner of this giveaway gets one recycled bottle candle pictured below. Enter the Rafflecopter form below to try this awesome candle. Please know it's taking a bit to load, if you don't see it below and need to hurry click here for the faster loading post.
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