“A prosperous life is full of light, beauty, and purpose. A home filled with objects of beauty, reflecting your tastes and values. A world aglow with gratitude, connection, and community.”
I have to tell you, I’m smitten with Prosperity Candle. I’ve been lighting our home with these lovely candles in pretty much every spot in our house and I’m so thrilled to share the story behind this beautiful brand.
Pictured above is the Asili Soapstone candle, which has become my living room staple. The soapstone is hand-carved in Kenya by members of the Gusii tribe and finished by artisans in Nairobi. The soy-blend candle, which was then hand-poured by Burmese refugees in Massachusetts, helps support nonprofit organizations that use a sustainable approach to development in regions where the Kenyan artisans live and work. (Head’s up: This candle is on sale right now for only $12.50.)
But let’s start from the beginning.
Prosperity Candle began in Baghdad, working with women survivors of war to create hand-poured pillar candles. Today, Prosperity Candle works with resettled women refugees in western Massachusetts. The mission remains the same: Every Prosperity candle is artfully hand-poured by a woman earning a living wage.
When I began to be more intentional with Many Sparrows, I really wanted to make sure I was using this little space on the Internet to reflect my heart. To reflect a little light in the midst of so much darkness. So, I’m really honored to be able to use my words and share the stories behind Prosperity Candle. The small choices we make in our lives really matter. Prosperity Candle is a small, socially-minded company and I’m excited to share just a glimpse of of the way they’re changing the world.
But, before we go any further, I have to tell you something.
These candles smell good. Like, they smell like you just walked into an Anthropologie. The fragrances are fresh and clean and I’ve lit the candles in ALL THE ROOMS and I swear they make my house seem cleaner even if there are trains hidden the couch and blocks covering the floor. #sofreshandsocleanclean
Sometimes, it feels like the world is so big and I’m just a mama wiping noses and pushing strollers.
And while I am that season of mothering little ones, I think on the women around the world who are doing the same thing, who haven’t had the opportunities and privileges I’ve had. I think on how we might look different and live in different places, but we are so the same. We are women who fight fiercely for our children. Who think creatively about our communities. Who love deeply and dream passionately and fight battles one day at a time.
What about if we just banded together? What about if those of us who have been given more decided put our money behind purchases that have a purpose? What about if we could make little choices empower women through living wages to feed their children? To get an education?
Oh, friends. That’s it. We could change the world.
Every Prosperity candle comes with the portrait and name of the woman who made it, connecting women around the world. Prosperity Candle creates economic opportunities for women living in regions of conflict and natural disaster. From Iraqi war widows to Burmese refugees living stateside to mamas in Guatemala, Rwanda, and Haiti, women just like you and me are earning living wages by making hand-poured candles in beautiful handmade vessels.
You know how Beyoncé said girls run the world? She’s onto something. Really. Prosperity Candle believes that investing in women is the key to ending poverty, and I do, too. Around the world, women reinvest more of their earnings in their families and communities, especially child education.
So, why candles?
Candles and candle-making are ideal. Local materials, local and global markets, a consumable product, and highly scalable. A woman can start her business in the safety of her home – a critical element in places of unrest – yet grow it well beyond. She can transition from living in poverty to earning more than a living wage in a matter of months when she has access to markets.
On Friday, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite Prosperity candles, and the stories behind some of the women who make them. And…I’m hosting an absolutely amazing giveaway — a set of incredible fair-trade candles!
For now, head over to Prosperity Candle and check out their 50 percent off end-of-summer sale. The prices are incredible and now would be a good time to stock up on gifts! You know you never have enough candles, and now you have a good excuse to buy.
Disclosure: I’m so thrilled that Prosperity Candle is now a sponsor of Many Sparrows, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to join forces with their small but might team to share their story.