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World Gratitude Day 2016

World Gratitude Day Prosperity Candle

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

What are you grateful for?

The answer to this simple question can unlock the fullness of our lives. It turns what we already have into enough – and more… into a recognition of abundance. On this Sunday we are taking a moment to celebrate World Gratitude Day, which was officially a few days ago. Since 1965, September 21 has been celebrated as a day to appreciate all that we have in our lives, and reflect on the meaning of gratitude.

Even in the darkest and most challenging of times, there is still some light and something to be grateful for. While we can’t always control events adversely affecting our lives and communities, or people across the world, we can make an effort to focus on the positive as often as possible, and express appreciation to those around us.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it,” said author William Arthur Ward. That seems an apt metaphor. More importantly, it got each of us here thinking about what we are thankful for, yet never say so. A lot, it turns out. The more you think about it, the more you realize how rarely we express gratitude for everyday things that go right, that nourish you, that contribute positively people’s lives.

That’s why in recognition of World Gratitude Day, we’d like to start a wave of gratitude… of sharing over the next two weeks what we each appreciate and are thankful for.

So what are YOU feeling grateful about? Share your answer on Facebook and tag a friend! Let’s see if we can generate not just a wave, but tsunami of gratitude for things big and small, consequential and seemingly trivial. Every share gives you and your friend a chance to each win a Burmese Gratitude Candle.

We’ll start. Here are 3 things we are deeply grateful for:

Women Artisans and Our Partners

The Little Market Lauren Conrad Prosperity Candle

We started this small social enterprise to support women in and from regions of conflict, helping them to build new lives and a brighter future. Turns out they have given us far more in return… we are grateful for their friendship, how our lives have been enriched by their traditions, and the meaningful connection across cultures. (And on the more trivial side, we are grateful for incredible lunches featuring dishes we’ve never heard of – yum!).

Of course, none of this would be possible without partners who embrace fair trade principles and care as much as we do about the good a handmade product can do.  From stores like Ten Thousand Villages to organizations like CARE and companies like Univision, we are incredibly grateful that so many people bring their values to work and help ensure that everything they do – even events gifts – are in alignment with those values.

The Little Market, founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, is one of our favorite partners. Their mission to empower women artisans complements ours, and we simply love working with their team. It’s amazing what kindness can achieve in business relationships… we so often hear about the opposite, the fiercely competitive side of commerce. Yet there are countless examples where businesses are created for the greater good to positively impact people’s lives and the environment. The Little Market is one of those companies, and we are grateful for their partnership.

Global Impact

World Gratitude Day Prosperity Candle

That we can live in a small town in Western Massachusetts, work out of a beautiful studio in an old mill building, collaborate with women in places like Haiti and Iraq, and purchase handcrafted vessels from artisans in over 20 countries around the world, is amazing. A few years ago we were a couple of people with the silly idea of changing lives through candle-making. Today we’re a few more who are actually making that silly idea happen, one candle at a time.

We also appreciate the international groups that recognize the uniqueness of our mission and model, and have made room for us in their membership. The World Fair Trade Organization and B-Corp, which recognizes Prosperity Candle as a Best for the World enterprise alongside the likes of Warby Parker, are two we are especially grateful to.

YOU!

World Gratitude Day Prosperity Candle

Let’s face it, without people like you, businesses that prioritize social good could not exist. Conscious consumers care as much about how a product is made as the design and price. Everyone loves a deal and the convenience of shopping on Amazon. We all care about the world, but we’re also busy and mindful of expenses. So it takes an especially thoughtful individual to take the extra step of “shopping for change” as a friend of ours puts it.

Thank you. Since our beginnings in 2009 – before we were even a real entity – you have followed us, purchased candles made by women artisans, and shared a message of creating a brighter future for all. You have made Prosperity Candle what it is today… still small and unconventional, but sustainable and contributing to a better world.

We pour every candle by hand one at a time, usually the day it’s ordered so we can make exactly what a customer asks for. That much care doesn’t lend itself to mass production – everything we do is as “small batch” as it gets – and is only possible when people recognize the value in this. We are incredibly grateful that so many do.

Finally, we are grateful to our families, friends and mentors who have given us such unconditional support and understanding. We couldn’t even begin to count the ways you have helped make Prosperity Candle possible. Thank you so very, very much.

Gratitude Candle

Gratitude Candle Prosperity Candle

Now it’s your turn!  Click here to express your gratitude and for a chance to win a Burmese Gratitude Candle for yourself and a friend. Winners will be randomly selected on October 15, 2016. Good luck!

 #WorldGratitudeDay   #ThankYou   #gift

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A New American: Moo Kho Paw

American Citizenship Prosperity Candle

Freedom and opportunity

“The most important thing about being an American citizen is freedom. In America, no one controls you. There are big opportunities. You can do anything you want.” – Pavel Fomin, Ballet Dancer

At Prosperity Candle, we’ve joined with you, women artisans from around the world, and many wonderful organizations to create positive change and sustainable impact both locally and globally. We believe in the power of ripple effects from small individual actions. That’s why we take such great interest in women artisans and their stories.

The women who make each candle by hand in our studio are incredibly strong and resilient, bringing a special light to our lives. They highlight the importance of creating opportunities for people to build better lives, and the ripple effect it has throughout their communities. Every candle purchased supports a living wage for a woman recently resettled in the U.S. from a refugee camp.

We admire these women greatly. Over the past 6 years they have inspired us in countless ways, and we’ve learned a lot from them. Every day it is an honor to work side-by-side, sharing more than just a work space. We have a common purpose, and enjoy celebrating important events in our lives.

 

Becoming an American citizen

Today we are especially inspired. Nearly 8 years after the U.S. Government offered one of our first candle-makers the opportunity to escape a refugee camp and start life anew in Massachusetts, Moo Kho is officially an American citizen. She has worked hard, paid taxes, read the constitution, and taken an exam we ourselves would struggle to pass. At 12:30 pm we stood witness to what the presiding judge described as “a shining example of our country’s values and what it means to welcome outsiders, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background.”

Attending the Naturalization Oath Ceremony in Lowell, Massachusetts with Moo Kho standing among 767 other soon-to-be American citizens from 99 different counties was one of the most beautiful and emotional moments in the history of Prosperity Candle.

American citizenship Prosperity Candle

A reminder of responsibility

Perhaps the most poignant part of the ceremony was a call-to-action. In return for the freedom and opportunity granted, the official asked everyone to help shape the future of our country by registering to vote. “Let your voice be heard.” She herself was an immigrant, proud to be welcoming another generation of new Americans who would contribute to the good of the country, enriching the melting pot that has served as a beacon of light to the world.

Then two young girls, ages 4 and 10, led the entire gathering – some 1,500 of us – in the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.  To say it was an emotional experience is an understatement.

New beginnings, endless possibilities

Soy Blend Candle Brilliance Prosperity Candle

You may know Moo Kho’s story by now, but it’s worth telling again. In 2008, she had been living in a refugee camp for over 4 years with her husband and daughter outside of Burma. She and her family had left behind everything they owned and loved when her village was burned to the ground by an ethnic cleansing campaign. In the refugee camp, she was not allowed to advance her education or work, and conditions were very poor. The future was bleak and it was difficult to imagine how anything would change.

Then through a UN program, Moo Kho had the opportunity to relocate to the United States and start over. She and her husband and daughter arrived in Massachusetts in 2009 and received federal, state and local support to begin building a new life. But the support was temporary and the few jobs available were low-paying… often below minimum wage after transportation deductions.

In 2010 through a fortunate introduction, she joined Prosperity Candle as an apprentice candle-maker, starting well above minimum wage plus flexible hours, transportation provided by us, and lots of support.  At the end of her first week, Moo Kho received her first paycheck ever in her life – at age 33.

Within a year Moo Kho proved herself so capable that she took over all candle-making, managing orders and training other women refugees. By 2014 she had a stake in Prosperity Candle. In the scope of just 5 years, Moo Kho’s life had gone from bleakness in a refugee camp to endless possibilities for herself and her children. It was her journey, in fact, that inspired the design of the Brilliance Candle, hand-blown glass in the shape of nature’s symbol of new beginnings: an egg.

Soy blend candle Brilliance Prosperity Candle

A sense of belonging

Resettling anywhere after great loss and years living in refugee camps is extremely hard, to say the least. Understanding that refugees have particular needs in terms of wages, training, flexibility, childcare and transportation is fundamental to their success. That is why at Prosperity Candle we help ensure our women artisans are able to pursue educational opportunities that are vital to their new lives in America. We strive to provide a work environment that is safe and supportive, where everyone is welcome, including babies and children. “Everything here has meaning to me” says Moo Kho, “and I love that. The wax, the light and the people.”

American citizenship Prosperity Candle

Congratulations

Today was a special day for us all, most certainly for Moo Kho and her family. Becoming an American opens new doors, including enabling her to return to Burma (now Myanmar) for the first time in more than 12 years to reconnect with family. And then return to the country that welcomed her as a refugee, and now values her as a citizen.

“Do you feel different?” we asked?  “Yes,” said Moo Kho. “I feel empowered.”

If you’d like to send Moo Kho a message of congratulations, visit her page on our site. You can also request that she pour your candle on your next purchase by entering the code MOOKHO at checkout, which will also take $2 off your order.

Click to view our candle collections.

Here’s to celebrating not only today, but 240 years of welcoming immigrants and refugees to the United States who together have created a brighter future for us all.

#ProsperityCandle   #empowerwomen   #citizenship

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Love Wins, Love Conquers All

#lovewins

“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.”  – Maya Angelou, American poet and one of our favorite authors

Love is such a big word. It is a philosophy of life. A deep feeling of affection, passion or strong liking for someone or something. It’s also a way of being and caring for people in general, especially those less fortunate.

Love stretches beyond two people, family or friends. We cherish these connections deeply, but are thinking about the bigger picture. Our hearts are aching for a more loving world.

Every day, people around the globe face tragedy as political, economic and social factors create conflict. In Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Chicago, Nice, Orlando, Istanbul and Medina – and so many other places – tragedy has recently befallen families and touched us all. Out of sight, heartbreaking conditions in countries like Syria and Iraq have become the norm.

We ask ourselves, what is happening? Where is the caring? Where those bridges Maya Angelou spoke of just a few years ago? Love is stronger than hate.

Love is what creates solutions that work for global good, not against it.

lovewins, loveconquersall

“Amor vincit somnia”

Love conquers all. Or, as this banner we saw today in a local store window puts it, love wins. No matter what issue we’re talking about.

Sounds trite, but it’s true. Ultimately, love does win. As someone at #LoveConquersAll said, “We all have the power to change this world! It starts with one act of kindness & compassion at a time!”

We couldn’t agree more. So here is our call-to-action… we hope you’ll join us:

1. Turn to someone close to you and express gratitude that she or he is in your life, no matter what your history

2. Reach beyond family, friends and colleagues – somewhere, anywhere in the world – and show caring… it can be your time, a donation, or a compassionate ear

3. Retweet & tag a person – or cause – you love with #LoveConquersAll

Let everyone know. Shout it out loud. And help build those bridges, one brick at a time.

 

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It’s a Summertime Essential!

Summer fun travel Prosperity Candle

“The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.”

They say a good story will make memories to last a lifetime. With summer well underway and temperatures high, we’re celebrating the warmest season of the year. It’s a great feeling knowing that each candle purchase makes the women artisans here part of your summer journeys.

One aspect of Prosperity Candle’s mission is to provide inspiration – no matter where the next adventure may take you. It is this idea that motivated us to create the first Travel Tin Quote Candle… and we’ve been adding to the collection ever since. Whether you’re planning a staycation or beach getaway, travel candles are a summertime essential. Inspired by summer colors, each is hand-poured by women artisans and comes with a quote from a celebrated woman we admire. To us, summer means brightening lives and having fun while creating meaningful impact around the world.

In fact, we’d like to brighten up your summer plans! That’s why we’re giving away Summer Inspiration Quote candles to the first 100 people who order a Prosperity Candle. Browse our candle collections and order anything from our website to receive a complimentary travel candle!

And keeping in the same spirit, we’d like to share 3 fun ways to enjoy our candles.

Summer fun travel Prosperity Candle

Summer Beauty

What’s better than feeling beautiful inside and out? We strive to create uniquely beautiful designs and social impact, nourishing both the mind and the soul. This brings endless joy because we know every candle purchase helps women artisans thrive. And once feeling joyful, you know how beauty radiates from within… which reminds us of a wonderful quote by the famous poet, Rumi: “Don’t be fooled by my beauty. The light of my face comes from the candle of my spirit.”

And check this out – what better way to store beauty essentials than repurposing a beautiful vessel as a makeup or jewelry holder when the candle is done? We call that glowing summer beauty all year round!

Summer fun travel candle

Summer gardening

We all know summertime is the best time to garden, which means enjoying our favorite flowers. And as you can tell, we absolutely love the idea of repurposing vessels after a candle has burned down – it means long-lasting enjoyment plus reduced environmental impact.

Our playful garden candles come with a saucer, drainage hole and a set of wildflower seeds from our friends at Garden Collage. Isn’t that cool? This yellow Retro Pot candle goes perfectly with our Ocean Breeze or Lime & Basil fragrances as dig into summer gardening this year…

Summer fun travel Prosperity Candle

Summer sleep

Getting sound sleep every night is no small feat. We loved hearing Arianna Huffington’s sleeping ritual with candles at Bay Path’s Women’s Leadership Conference last April. As she explains in her book, The Sleep Revolution, we’re in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. Made with essential oils, our candle fragrances are designed to create an atmosphere of calm, relaxation and well-being, and are never overpowering. Perfect for your getting-ready-for-bed ritual.

Make sure to get your summer sleep with our popular Chamomile Sage scented candles (and of course, remember to never fall asleep with a candle still lit!).

Summer travel candle Prosperity Candle

Free Summer Travel Candle

Eager to receive your summertime gift? Simply visit our website and purchase any candle to receive your free Summer Travel Tin. Use the gift code FreeSummerCandle at check-out. We’ll make sure to send a summer candle your way! Applies to first 100 orders.

Cheers to a wonderful summer!

#ProsperityCandle     #summertime     #travel

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How to Make Weddings “Give Back Ever After”

Weddings That Give Back

“A ‘give back’ wedding is a celebration of love and commitment that isn’t just about the couple and their family and friends, but rather a wider circle of community touched by the wedding”.  – Marcie Muehlke, co-founder of Fair Trade Wedding Dress Company, Celia Grace.

Heartwarming words from a woman we deeply admire, and who founded one of our favorite companies. Celia Grace creates fair trade wedding dresses for brides who are beautiful inside and out. Every elegantly designed gown truly gives back by helping women around the world.

Businesses like Celia Grace make us proud to be part of a global movement for ethically made products that touch many lives near and far, simply because of the way they are made and a commitment to the greater good. There are so many out there… it’s not hard to find them!

Of course, there are also lots of products that do little for people or the planet, which is why we’re excited that this movement to “purchase with heart” continues to grow.

With that in mind – and summer in the air with wedding planning in high gear – we thought we’d take a moment to share some special ways to make any wedding a “Give Back Ever After” one with unique, handcrafted candles.

Light the way 

Weddings that give back

Weddings are wonderful in so many ways, mostly because they celebrate a connection between two people who love each other. It is a day full of shared joy and moments that everyone wants to remember, which is why we like giving guests a keepsake they’ll take home and treasure.

You can thank your wedding party with a custom designed candle favor matching your theme and colors, and sharing your values. As one of our dear brides Rachel said, “Knowing that our wedding favors support an amazing company with a compelling social mission made us smile when our guests asked us where the beautiful, great smelling candles were from.” Thank you, Rachel!

And make your ceremony and reception glow with distinctive candles handmade by women artisans, reflecting the generosity of spirit shared by everyone present.

Express gratitude 

Weddings that give back

Weddings are a great time to give meaningful gifts and express gratitude to family and friends. At Prosperity Candle, we feel gratitude takes on an entirely new meaning with wedding and bridal gifts that brighten the lives of those that make them. With many designs and wonderful fragrances to choose from, we individually gift box each candle with your personal message enclosed.

Best of all, each candle includes a story card about the woman who made it and the opportunity to send her a personal message. Every day our artisans receive loving notes of support and gratitude, telling them how much their candles are enjoyed.

Radiate beauty  

Weddings that give back

From an exquisite dress to fancy flowers and thoughtful touches, we know every detail counts on wedding day. Which is why we offer so many wonderful scents inspired by nature. Choose from over 60 luxurious fragrances made with essential oils, from rich florals to soothing woods, fresh herbs to seasonal fruits, and refreshing scents like a cool ocean breeze. We also make unscented candles that are entirely fragrance-free.

And none of our fragrances are over-powering… we never add enhancers or dyes, believing the perfect candle creates a gentle ambiance rather than overwhelms your senses.

Make it seasonal

Weddings that give back

Every wedding season has its own beauty. For us, summer months speak of sun, time spent outdoors, and a nostalgic feeling of days spent at the beach. The Antibes Coral Candle is one of the most unique candles we’ve ever created, evoking all that is naturally beautiful seaside. Introduced a few months ago, it’s become one of our all-time favorites.

No matter what time of year a wedding is, we have the perfect candle ready and waiting to be poured in the fragrance of your choice. And if you’re looking for something truly special, give us a call. No one has as many unique candle designs as we do!

Toast the happy couples

Yes, let’s toast all the couples out there who are planning weddings that are eco-friendly, socially responsible, and give back with love and gratitude… it’s exactly what the world needs.

With the growing popularity of fair trade weddings, people today seek a celebration that reflects who they are and at the same time provides a memorable experience for everyone attending. Prosperity Candle can help create that experience, from wedding favors to table décor to bridal gifts.

So, need an inspirational gift for the happy couple? Or getting married yourself and looking for the perfect favors for your guests, gifts for your bridal party, and candles for your tables?

Let us help you find the ideal candles to suit your occasion. Or browse our collections for your special day and get $10 off your first Prosperity Candle purchase by using the coupon code BLOG.

A big thanks to our friends at Celia Grace for contributing to this post and, more importantly, to helping to make the world a better place.

#GiveBack     #Wedding     #ProsperityCandle

Open your heart, one candle at a time

World Refugee Day Prosperity Candle

“Refugees have done more for my heart and my spirit than I can ever express in words” – Angelina Jolie Pitt, Actress and UN Ambassador.

Powerful words spoken by an impressive woman, echoing our sentiments exactly. Which is why June 20th marks an event close to our hearts: World Refugee Day. It is a day each year to honor the courage, strength and the determination of those who are forced to flee from persecution, conflict and natural disaster.

They leave behind their homes and everything familiar to build new lives elsewhere, somewhere safe, a place to a brighter future. Every year on this day we take a moment to appreciate the women artisans at Prosperity Candle who were once refugees simply because they belonged to the wrong ethnic group. It’s impossible to comprehend all they have gone through, and yet here they are each day – resilient, strong, unceasingly determined.

We ask you to show your support for these brave women, men and children. Speak up on their behalf and encourage others to do the same. And take a moment to donate to World Refugee Day. You’ll be joining many others with open hearts who are helping refugees across the globe.

“Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me,” says Ban Ki Moon, the United National Secretary General. “They led ordinary lives before becoming displaced, and their biggest dream is to be able to live normally again. On this World Refugee Day, let us recall our common humanity, celebrate tolerance and diversity, and open our hearts to refugees everywhere.”

#WorldRefugeeDay     #Compassion     #WithRefugees

World Refugee Day Prosperity Candle

Helping to rebuild lives

Here at Prosperity Candle, our mission from day one has been to work where few businesses are willing or able to go. Places where war and natural disaster have devastated communities, turned families into refugees, and left few opportunities to escape poverty.

In 2009 we launched a pilot project in Iraq at a time when bombs and violence were a near daily occurrence in Baghdad. It wasn’t easy, and there have been many setbacks. But we are proud to have demonstrated, against the odds and despite the naysayers, that our social enterprise model works. It enables women in some of the most difficult circumstances to earn a living wage and gain independence with dignity. This in turn promotes peace and shared prosperity for all.

Connecting people and sharing inspiring stories is deeply important to us, which is why every candle includes a card about the woman who made it. We love the idea of reaching across divides with a candle, from her hands to yours.

World Refugee Day Prosperity Candle

Glocal impact

Prosperity Candle started with an international focus, but at the urging of a supporter soon began working with refugees recently relocated to the United States through U.N. and federal programs. We quickly learned that offering a helping hand to local women from regions of conflict is as powerful as working in a place like Baghdad. So our impact is now both global and local – “glocal.”

Take Moo Kho Paw, for example. Five years ago she and her family had just settled in western Massachusetts when we were introduced. They were forced to flee their native Burma, leaving behind all possessions, and lived for years a refugee camp before the opportunity arose to relocate to the United States. Moo Kho started as an apprentice candle-maker, but quickly advanced to supervisor and today is Prosperity Candle’s production manager responsible for all candle-making and training other women refugees to make unique gifts.

Moo Kho is one example of how Prosperity Candle strives to support a woman’s journey from refugee to artisan – and a brighter future for herself and her family.

World Refugee Day Prosperity Candle

Strength and compassion

What amazes us is that every artisan at Prosperity Candle, no matter what circumstances brought her here, arrives with a smile on her face each morning. Together, they set a pace for the candles to be made, working steadily throughout the day, taking breaks as needed.

Our studio is always a wonderful (and sometimes bizarre!) blend of fragrances… woodsy sandalwood one moment, fresh ocean breeze the next. And since we make every candle individually to order, the tables are a constantly changing mosaic of color and design.

We feel fortunate to work side-by-side with these women. They’ve shown us how extreme hardship can lead to a depth of strength and compassion that is beyond words.

It is humbling.

Please join us in standing #WithRefugees, and pledge your support now. And the next time you are thinking of a gift to give, consider a candle handmade by a woman refugee.

#ProsperityCandle     #WorldRefugeeDay     #Compassion

Create opportunity, create a new world.

Social Enterprise Prosperity Candle

“One tiny person can make a difference.” – Dr. Teresa Chahine, Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader at Harvard Chan School and Director at Alfanar Lebanon.

Agreed! And so can one small business prioritizing positive impact over all else. We believe in social enterprises because they contribute to solving a community challenge using the power of the marketplace. Simply put, they are a force for good… “businesses that are changing the world for the better.”

Such challenges abound, which is why Dr. Chahine’s new book Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship comes at a perfect time. It educates us about how social businesses are today’s solution for a brighter tomorrow. “For the past 10+ years I have mentored undergraduate students in helping for-profits and non-profits conceive, develop, and implement social enterprise… and have yet to find such a comprehensive and applied resource,” comments Professor John Gonas.

We’re honored to be profiled in Dr. Chahine’s book on social entrepreneurship, and thought we’d share a bit more about how we relate to this growing movement. Of course, we can’t help but first invite you to give a gift to someone you love… one that brightens lives and helps change the world for the better.  That’s why we do what we do!

Social enterprise Prosperity Candle

Catalyst for Change

“Want to change the world? Invest in women.” Those where the first words spoken by our co-founder Ted Barber when recently interviewed by bizwomen.

Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise that believes in contributing to the common good, striving every day to help end poverty through beautiful design, joyous fragrances made with essential oils and artisan stories that brighten hearts and souls.

Alongside is Prosperity Catalyst , our sister nonprofit that launches and incubates women-led businesses in distressed regions, like Iraq, where creating opportunities for women to achieve economic empowerment is an essential catalyst for social and economic change.  

Every candle purchased supports the mission of both organizations.

Social Enterprise Prosperity Candle

Social Return on Investment (SROI)

Social enterprises measure the number of lives impacted through their product or service, focusing on triple-bottom-line practices that lead to economic, social and environmental success. So the return on investment is not just financial, it’s also tangibly making the world a better place. How great is that?

We’re proud that Prosperity Candle has been named a “Best for the World” B-Corp for its positive impact on artisans, communities and the environment.  It’s part of who we are, every day, right from the start.  And we endeavor to share that message through our newsletter, blog and social media – as well as in the gift box cards included with every candle that tell the story of the woman who made your candle.

Social Enterprise Prosperity Candle

Beyond Charity

We deeply believe in philanthropy, and support its ability to catalyze change. Which is why we launched a social enterprise and nonprofit together with aligned missions. But we also know from experience that to create lasting change, charity and governments alone are not enough. It’s the marketplace – consumers, businesses and investors – that has the ability to create sustainable impact.

Here at Prosperity Candle, we created a unique business model that engages all of the above, most importantly people like you. It is based on soy blend candles that can be made even in the most difficult of environments and sold locally, regionally and globally.

We train disadvantaged women to start their own, independent candle-making enterprises, with Prosperity Candle as a partner. Why? Because our mission is to create opportunities for women to build a brighter future for themselves and their families through entrepreneurship, while brightening the homes of your friends and family with beautiful candlelight and meaningful gifts.

Thank you for the incredible support you’ve given our social enterprise over the past 6 years… we’re still a small team of passionate people thinking about how we can make a difference, one woman artisan at a time.

#ProsperityCandle    #socent    #Bcorps

One Day for One World: World Fair Trade Day 2016

World Fair Trade Day

“Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting someone else”. – Jerry Greenfield, philanthropist and co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s.

These are words of wisdom, short and straight to the point. However for us, the concept of Fair Trade stretches well beyond. As one of our favorite actresses and activists Emma Watson once stated, “I think if you care about the developing world, then Fair Trade is even better than giving to charity, as you’re essentially giving these people the opportunity to help themselves out of poverty – and that’s all they really want.”

That’s why we love World Fair Trade Day. Started in 2001, World Fair Trade Day is an initiative that falls on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crises that have the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable. Leading up to May 14th, Fair Trade USA is recognizing the importance of empowering women by announcing their #FairHer campaign to celebrate women who purchase Fair Trade products.

We believe that everyone deserves to be a part of the #FairHer initiative! That’s why we’re giving away 5 candles for World Fair Trade Day 2016. For a chance to win, simply enter our contest on Facebook and tell us why YOU love Fair Trade products. Here’s why we believe in Fair Trade:

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Self-empowering

Fair trade does more than provide, it empowers. One of the beautiful things about making candles is that a woman can start up and expand a business in the safety of her own home with local materials. This stability is a critical element during times of unrest. Enabling women to escape poverty and conflict around the world lies at the heart of our enterprise. Every candle purchased helps provide a fair, living wage for the women of Prosperity, who have recently resettled from refugee camps and are working to build a brighter future for themselves and their families in the United States.

World Fair Trade Day

Quality

Fair Trade symbolizes ‘high quality’. That’s why Fair Trade strawberries taste even sweeter! We care about the quality of candles, and the quality of life. The candles we make are hand poured and soy blend with natural cotton wicks. We add the perfect amount of fragrance made with essential oils, then hand pour into vessels one by one. Also, needless to say, we are dedicated to shaping a high quality of life for our women artisans and their families. We thrive on investing in communities like Haiti and Iraq, and ultimately creating a beautiful, fair candle experience for you that you can believe in.

World Fair Trade Day

Uniqueness

Fair Trade is unique. Just like people, every candle is different! We proudly embrace this uniqueness in candle design, and our social enterprise. There are over 400 candle producers in the United States. Many are environmentally compatible but no other candle company is B-Corp certified for social and environmental impact. We believe that other companies like to work with us because we’re different. For example, we love working with our sustainable collaboration partners The Little Market and Garden Collage. Their mission, vision and teams align perfectly with what we do at Prosperity Candle! From woman artisan to business partner, we pour love into all our working relationships, our candles and our loyal customers. This uniqueness defines Prosperity Candle.

Ready to join in this global celebration? Inspired to try one of our candles? Click here to browse our collections and don’t forget to enter our World Fair Trade Day giveaway on Facebook!

#WFTD2016    #FairTrade     #ProsperityCandle

Light up her Heart on Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day

“There’s a reason some people think they can do anything, they listened to their mothers”.  – a Mother’s Day quote

Mothers are incredible. It goes without saying that we wouldn’t be here without them. But so many are unsung heroes who lend a hand to people in need, bringing them in from the cold to a bright and loving environment. With Mother’s Day approaching on May 8th, we are celebrating these women – and everyone who helps and nurtures those in need.

Moo Kho, one of our candle-makers, is an inspiring example. Having endured years in a refugee camp and being separated from her parents and siblings, she has dedicated her life to helping other families who have also lost everything. And to her daughters for whom she is providing a childhood that is brighter than the one she had.

Time with loved ones is such a precious gift. And being able to spend hours with your mom to share your dreams is in itself a dream. On Mother’s Day weekend, we’ll be closing shop here and heading to Weesie’s house with her favorite candle in hand. Weesie is another unsung hero who has helped many in need over her 78 years, never letting obstacles get in the way, always seeing the best in people. She is our co-founder Ted’s mom, a woman cherished by all.

We wish we could likewise give a candle to every mother in the world. We can’t, of course. But this year we would like to give away 5 of our unique Mother’s Day designs, hand-poured by a woman artisan for your mother, daughter, sister or friend. It’s our small way of helping to celebrate the moms in other people’s lives.

For a chance to win, simply share on facebook which of the candle moments below best reflects how you would spend time with your mom. We wish you good luck!

Tea time

Mother's DayTea and candles are a perfect match… we’ve been combining them in gifts since 2011. Plan your own mother-daughter tea party with these Tika pot candles. You’ll have a chance to finally catch up and she’ll enjoy every minute of it.

Meditation

Mother's DayMothers manage a myriad of tasks all day, every day. She deserves some time to relax. Our Liberte Pot candles come in soothing fragrances and are ideal to create a zen moment in her busy day. To be fair, fathers manage a lot, too… but we’re talking about moms here!

Sweet Tooth

Mother's Day“A mother is a person who seeing there are only three cookies for four people, promptly announces she never did care for cookies” (from a quote by Tenneva Jordan). We say no way, get more cookies! Available in all our springtime fragrances, this pink pot candle is an absolute favorite.

Flower gardening

Mother's DayA bouquet of flowers goes a long way, but why not start with a candle that repurposes as a flower pot? This earth-friendly gift will make any mom happy. It even comes with a set of wildflower seeds from our good friends at Garden Collage.

So there you have it… which one is your favorite?  Light up your Mother’s heart by clicking here to win and give her a Prosperity Candle

#MothersDay #ProsperityCandle #LightUpHerHeart

Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day!

Prosperity Candle Liberte Pot Candle

“The Earth is what we all have in common” – Wendell Berry

Here at Prosperity Candle, we’re gearing up for Earth Day on April 22nd. Beyond celebrating the resources that Mother Nature has given us on this one special day, we’d like to inspire you to help protect those resources 365 days of the year. Wouldn’t it be great if every day could be Earth Day?

Sustainable development is a global topic discussed by the United Nations, as Member States gather in Paris to reach a global agreement. With so many individuals, organizations and governments involved, we’d like to have a simple story to pass on when we talk about the big – and small – things we can do to sustain our earth. Inspired by Earth Month, we’ve listed Prosperity Candle’s 5R’s of sustainability for 2016:

Respect

Encouraging respect for life on Earth goes a long way. We take pride in using nature’s resources gracefully for our candles, while brightening the lives of others. Why not choose a fair trade supplier for your business gifts and support important causes, like women’s leadership and human rights? The glow and warmth of a candle’s flame stand for how we like to treat people and the planet: with dignity.

Reduce

Have you ever calculated your ecological footprint? We are proud to be a certified B-Corp for our environmental and social sustainability practices. We use soy blend wax, fragrances made with essential oils, and natural cotton and wood wicks. We also consolidate shipments, select routes with the smallest footprint, and re-use or recycle every scrap of shipping material that comes through our door.

Repurpose

What better way to honor the earth, and your pocket, than repurposing items and giving your home decor a little boost? How about using sake candles as tea cups or this Liberte Pot candle to plant your favorite flower?

Prosperity Candle Liberte Pot Candle

Responsibility

As a social enterprise, we thrive at the intersection of business and philanthropy, seeking sustainable market-based solutions to today’s global challenges. We love supporting local initiatives like Kestrel Land Trust to benefit the community and being involved in events that benefit earth and society. Find one in your area by checking out the Earth Day Network which gathers a list of fair trade and green events around the world.

Rethink

Rethink how you shop. Rethink traditional gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. We can do lots of good for others, and the earth, with even the smallest decisions. Get your loved ones a gift that they’ll enjoy, not throw away. How about a gift card for weddings, baby showers and graduations? Ultimately, your purchases decide whether fair trade and green products become the norm.

Robert Swan once said,  “The greatest threat to our earth is believing that someone else will save it.” Let’s stand together to inspire habits that serve the earth every day. #EarthDay2016 #Candles4Earth #EarthDayEveryDay

Would you like to enjoy your own flower pot candle? Click here to start your Spring right!