Artisan Spotlight: Meet Lydia

Candles that give back handmade by women artisan Lydia, who resettled to the U.S. from a refugee camp in Burundi.

Ten weeks ago we met Lydia and her wonderful full of energy and optimism that it is contagious. We are happy she is here!

Lydia joined Prosperity Candle in October after resettling to the United States from a refugee camp in Burundi 8 months before. Born in the Congo, Lydia and her family were forced to flee their home when she was just 2 years old to escape escalating violence. They eventually found safety in a refugee camp in neighboring Burundi, but conditions were poor and overcrowded with limited freedoms. 

Then in February 2018, Lydia and her family were offered the opportunity to resettle in the U.S.... here in western Massachusetts where they could start anew and begin to create a brighter future.

With every candle poured and gift wrapped, we see Lydia moving closer to her dreams. Here is a glimpse into her life! 

1. Lydia, can you tell us a little about your family?

I have 5 brothers.  I am the only girl of my siblings and am the 4th child. I grew up in a town called Goma.  I was 2 years old when I left, but sometimes my mother and father told me about the history of the Congo and Goma. I lived in Burundi in a refugee camp for 17 years. 

2. Are there any happy memories you want to share from your family or from when you were a kid?

I had nice neighbors who were young, old, and my age. I liked to go to school and then go home to watch my 3 brothers. In the camp I worked. Sometimes people would come to my house and I would braid their hair. My mom is my best friend! She braids my hair and I braid her hair.

3. What is it like making candles at Prosperity Candle?

My manager is very nice! It’s a good place and I am so surprised for this job that it is just women artisans and no men. I like it!

4. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

I like to cook and clean my house. There are no strawberries or blueberries in my country, and I tried it here and now I love it! I like cooking spinach and rice. I cook at home on the weekend and my brothers cook too. They’re very nice! They help me.

5. Do you have a favorite TV show or movie you like to watch?

I like to watch TV shows for kids and on the weekends sometimes I watch a movie. I recently saw Sophie from Mamma Mia and I love it!

6. What do you like the most about living in the United States?

It’s very peaceful and second, I am so excited to go to school and for my younger brother to go to school. I go to the Center for New Americans to learn English. When I finish this class I can take my GED exam.

7. Were you surprised by anything when you first arrived?

My first day here in the United States was very hard because it was February and it was very cold. There was frosty snow!

8. Do you have any dreams or hopes?

My dream is to be a nurse.

Meet women artisan Lydia of Prosperity Candle, who is cleaning and gift wrapping fair trade soy candles that give back

If you enjoyed hearing Lydia's story send her a message welcoming her or share her story with a friend! Who knows... maybe you also love the movie Mamma Mia!

1 Response

Meredith Ergun
Meredith Ergun

December 17, 2018

Lydia!! Your candle made my day and it going to be an amazing Christmas gift to a person I love.Thankyou very much :)

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Unique soy blend fair trade candles handcrafted by women artisans candles at Prosperity Candle

Amber & Bergamot

Warm and inviting, amber and bergamot combined with subtle notes of geranium, black cardamom, sandalwood and eucalyptus.

Balsam & Juniper Berry

Wonderfully fresh and seasonally-inspired, this woodland blend of balsam fir, cedarwood and juniper berry radiates the feeling of joy that comes with the holidays. 

Chai Tea

Green tea mixed with a cozy blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and peppermint reminds you of your favorite tea spot. A perennial fall favorite! 

Clementine & Lavender

A bright, fresh citrus scent of clementine, tangerine, bergamot and lemon… nicely balanced with French lavender. If you love citrus with a subtle twist, this is for you.

Coastal Seagrass

Clean and aromatic, gentle notes of salty seagrass and ocean water mingle with a hint of sweet coastal air… a blend that will transport you to a faraway shore with calming lapping waves.

Fig & Cedar

An aromatic blend of fresh fig, cedar and oakmoss brightened with grapefruit, lemon zest and a hint of orange. Wonderfully nuanced and just slightly sweet, it’s our new favorite fig scent.

French Lavender & Vanilla

Sweet and refreshing, French lavender and classic vanilla bean are paired to create this deeply comforting and indulgent scent. The perfect balance of two soothing favorites.

Pear & Freesia

Fresh pear mingles with floral notes of freesia and just a touch of patchouli. A joyful fragrance to evoke the freshness of your favorite garden and remind you of the beauty of nature.

Tobacco & Spice 

Dried tobacco leaves blended with teak, cedar and amber with a touch of spice and pimento berry essential oils... a nuanced scent to bring warmth inside.

Tonka & Oud

Wonderfully rich and earthy, tonka beans are paired with oud wood and topped with hints of balsam, rum, amaretto and musk. A restful scent with a captivating twist.

White Tea & Citrus 

An uplifting blend of white tea, bergamot, fig and fresh jasmine combined with a subtle hint of soft sandalwood. This is delightfully light and elegant.


Completely fragrance-free.
Perfect for centerpieces, dinner candles and those who prefer no scent.

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