LOCATED IN Easthampton, Massachusetts

Based in Western Massachusetts, social enterprise Prosperity Candle invests in women to escape conflict and help end poverty. These talented women are entrepreneurs who have resettled to the United States from refugee camps in search of a brighter future for themselves and their families. Candle making is a business a woman can start and expand in the safety of her own home with local materials, a critical element at times of unrest.

When new team members first come onboard at Prosperity Candle, they typically start with labeling and packaging products. Then, they will learn how to make the candles and gain more responsibility for production. The talented women work in a supportive, safe environment where everyone is treated equally and respected for who they are. Prosperity Candle guarantees living wages, offers flexible work schedules, and provides additional support including travel reimbursement.

The artisans carefully hand-pour the candle wax in small batches; it is a clean-burning mixture of a coconut-soy wax blend finished with a cotton wick. In the last step, the artisans will package the candle and sign their names on the bottom of the candles they create. Prosperity Candle implements sustainable practices, and each beautiful candle vessel can be safely cleaned and repurposed for storage, as a planter, and more once the candle has burned through.