Moo Kho

"Everything here has meaning to me, and I love that.  The wax, the light and the people."

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.  She was not to be reunited with her mother for another 15 years, at which time her father had tragically died.  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 behind 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 relocate 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”.

Today Moo Kho has a profit share in the company. In just 5 years, she has journeyed from refugee with no opportunities and fading hope to senior management and a stake in a U.S. social enterprise.

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