Prosperity Candle is a growing company that aims to make our world a little brighter through community, compassion, and creativity. (Remember how I recently introduced you to one of my favorite companies? If not, go here now!) Each fair-trade candle is handmade by a woman earning a living wage, empowering families to flourish. Prosperity Candle is very generously offering a giveaway a set of eight upcycled soda bottle candles! (So, keep reading and enter at the end of the post!)
The winner will receive eight assorted soda bottle candles. These vessels start out as old bottles, which are cut by hand to become fabulous soy-blend candles. The top is blowtorched, leaving it smooth enough to drink from. So, when you’re done melting the candles (and hey, they burn for more than 25 hours each!), you can clean and use them as cute drinking glasses. In other words: the ultimate in social and environmental good.
(And these aren’t the only candles with reusable containers. This candle is made with 99% recycled glass from Spain and becomes bowl for jewelry, this blue + white rice bowl becomes home decor, these colorful tins from Japan become trinket holders.)
One of the (many) things that sets Prosperity Candle apart is that you actually get to see the woman behind the product. With each (adorably packaged) candle, you get a card sharing the story behind the artisan who made your candle, allowing you to catch a glimpse into her life and the circumstances that brought her to the company. And, in what is such a personal and thoughtful touch, you can send her a note of encouragement from the Prosperity Candle page.
When we share our stories, we see that in so many ways, we’re the same. We’re connected. I encourage you to hop over and read the women who are lifting themselves out of poverty — meet the women behind the wicks and wax. Get to know Moo Kho and Htoo and Naw and Mee Mee. These Burmese women are refugees rebuilding their lives in the U.S., and when we support their company, we support them. We say, you matter. We respect you. And your talents. We believe in you.
Here’s a bit of Moo Kho’s story:
Born in Thailand, Moo Kho was taken back to Burma when she was barely four years old by her grandmother, leaving behind her mother and father. It was while in Burma that she experienced the chilling horror of seeing her adopted village burn down, people brutally killed in front of her young eyes. By 2008, Moo Kho was living in a refugee camp with her husband and daughter outside of Burma. They had left everything they owned and loved. She could not advance her education, was not allowed to seek a job, and lived in poor conditions.
A year later, she was given the opportunity to move to the U.S. In 2010, she joined Prosperity Candle, starting at 50% above minimum wage and receiving her first ever paycheck. In 2012 she was promoted to Production Manager, overseeing quality control and training other women refugees in the art of candle-making.
Moo Kho proudly shares her accomplishments here in the U.S., including her journey to become a minister at her Burmese church in Springfield. When asked about her dreams, she replies quietly but with earnestness, “I am a servant of God. Whatever God asks of me, that is what I will do”.
Okay, how amazing is she?
There is so much to say about this beautiful brand, and all I can do is encourage you, friends, to do what Mother Theresa said and do small things with great love. We can use our purchasing power for good. It does make a difference. Really. We can join forces to be a fierce collective of women who love our sisters, whether their our literal neighbors or halfway around the world.
I’m stocking up on the website now, while everything is 50 percent off. They’re clearing out their inventory because they have some new amazing products in the works. Seriously, now’s the time to stock up on gifts to light the holiday season. I can’t tell you how much I back this social enterprise. Candles as a vehicle for social change…who knew?
Okay, here you go! Go spread the glow of Prosperity Candle and enter to win a set of candles below. (Thank you, Prosperity Candle, for allowing me to help share your story. For those of you planning to go to Influence Conference, I’ll be there loaded up with some candles — they’re generously helping me attend through a sponsorship. Flag me down, I’d be happy to share one with you!)