Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise that invests in female entrepreneurs all around the world who have been affected by conflict, poverty, and natural disasters. The organization provides female participants with the tools they need to start and run a profitable business that produces handcrafted candles and candle accessories, which Prosperity Candle sells in its online shop. With today’s G-Team campaign, $16 gets you a home-and-patio gift set (a $26 value). If 30 G-Team members purchase a gift set, then Prosperity Candle can provide a days’ living wage to three of the female entrepreneurs who produced them, including women living in Iraq and also Burmese refugees who have resettled in Massachusetts. Each additional $160 raised will fund another day’s living wage for one woman.
The home-and-patio gift set houses a pair of handmade soy-blend wax candles ready to illuminate both indoor and outdoor ambiences. Meticulous fingers cover wicks in unscented berry-colored wax to craft the 3"x4" pillar candle that burns for more than 80 hours. Meanwhile, women from Burma who have resettled in Massachusetts collaborate to construct a travel tin full of tea-infusion-scented paraffin, which fuels a fragrant fire for more than 10 hours. Each candle arrives labeled with the name of the woman who made it, and bios available online shed further light upon each candle crafter's background. Candle recipients are encouraged to send a note to the women who made them.
Every 10 candles purchased with today’s campaign provides one day's living wage for one of the women who made them. Thanks to the enterprise's scalable nature, female business owners can provide jobs to other women in their communities as businesses grow.
Unlike traditional Groupon deals, G-Team campaigns typically don't offer you a "discount" or "savings." So "buyer" beware—when you click "Buy" to donate your time or money to a worthwhile G-Team cause, the only discount you may receive is 100% off free, priceless karma. Read more about G-Team.
In 2012, FastCompany placed Siiri Morley in its “League of Extraordinary Women.” The distinction is certainly deserved. Three years prior, Ms. Morley helped co-launch a program in Iraq that provided 50 women with jobs as candle makers and paid them a living wage in a safe workplace. The program included on-the-job training in candle-making as well as the basics of running a small business, equipping the women for future entrepreneurial pursuits. Ms. Morley and her cofounders soon expanded the scope of their program, bringing it back home to Easthampton and giving it a name: Prosperity Candles. Stateside, Prosperity Candles employs female refugees from Bhutan and Burma and guarantees the same workplace rights enjoyed by their coworkers in Iraq.
Prosperity Candles is not a charity. The female artisans work hard to produce beautiful, sweet-smelling candles that can be enjoyed in the home or given as a gift, keeping the company from relaying on outside funding. Each candle arrives on doorsteps with the story of the woman who crafted it, so recipients might reach out to her and offer their encouragement.
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