Conflict has created more than 42 million refugees worldwide—and of these, 80% are women, children, and young people. All refugees face hardships in their new country, but according to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, women are disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination, and exploitation. As the UN asserts, “Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth.” You can help one fighter in this ongoing struggle with this Groupon:
- $19.60 for one Splash recycled-glass-bowl candle ($28 value)<p>
Produced from 99% recycled glass, this soy-blend candle is available in turquoise blue or orchid purple. It arrives in a gift box along with the story of the woman who made it. <p>
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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