Artisan Spotlight: Meet Sai Aye

Prosperity Candle Artisan Spotlight: Meet Sai Aye - handpouring soy candles in Massachusetts

Four years ago we met Sai Aye and her wonderful smile... so broad and generous that you can't help but smile along with her.

Sai joined Prosperity Candle as a candle-maker in 2015 after relocating to the U.S. from a refugee camp along the Burmese-Thai border. Living more than 10 years in that camp, she was given the opportunity to move to Springfield, MA to create a brighter future with her family in peace and safety. Every morning when we come to the studio, we see Sai laughing and sharing stories with the other Burmese women artisans. Sometimes she is even singing while skillfully pouring candles. Over the years we've had the pleasure of getting to know Sai, and she has happily offered to share a glimpse into her life here in Massachusetts.

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

My kid’s names are Sky Htoo and Rosy Htoo. Sky is five and a half right now, and will be turning six in December. Rosy is almost two. Her birthday is also in December. They like to play with their friends in our front yard and I also take them to my friend’s house who lives close by. They are refugees too, from Thailand. We visit a lot. I see Moo Kho and Tha Thay, and their kids play with mine. My friend has cute little white colored dogs and two birds that Sky and Rosy like to play with.

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

We like to go shopping with the kids at the Holyoke mall, TJ Maxx and the Dollar Store. Sky started picking out her own clothes for school.

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

Freedom. I love the freedom. I like that you can do whatever you want, like getting in the car and driving to the store, whenever you feel like it. You don’t have to worry about getting stopped by the police and going to jail, like in my home country, and breaking rules. I have my driver’s license and car. It’s really nice.

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

I like to watch movies sometimes on Netflix. My favorite show is Hawaii Five-0. I have seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. They go up to season 8! I love the story of the police, like FBI, who find the bad guys and put them in jail.

5. What do you enjoy about candle-making? 

I like pouring the candles and labeling and cleaning the vessels after they are poured, especially the ones for The Little Market.

6. Do you have any favorite scents?

My favorite scent is Blue Fir & Spice! It’s sweet for me and smells like Thailand ice cream. I don’t like Tobacco or Cinnamon scents.

7. The Eastern States Exposition is a really big fairgrounds near you.  What was it like going to an American fair for the first time?

I went to the Big E for the first time last year with my family. We walked around and the kids went on the little rides and played games. I didn’t go on any of the big rides, like the roller coaster or Ferris wheel because my heart would die! Especially the rides that go high in a circle or swing back and forth. My first time in America I went to Six Flags with my friend and I remember thinking “oh, that looks like so much fun” when I saw the roller coaster. But once I was on it, I was scared and said never, never again would I do that! No more, no more! It’s funny now.

8. Do you have a favorite song or type of music you listen to?

I mostly listen to poe karen song, which is in the language I speak karen.

9. Do you have a favorite dish you like to cook at home?

My favorite dish to cook is curry with meatballs and fried vegetables. I get broccoli and long green beans from Saigon market in Springfield close to my house.

If you enjoyed hearing Sai Aye's story send her a message saying hello or share her story with a friend! Who knows... maybe one of you also loves the show Hawaii Five-0!


2 Responses

Lana Prouty
Lana Prouty

August 13, 2018

Sai, Thanks for sharing your story, your girls are beautiful! Prosperity Candle is a wonderful company ❤️

Anne Olivier
Anne Olivier

August 13, 2018

Hello Sai Aye

I loved reading your story. It makes me happy to hear that you are enjoying freedom and safety. I wish that for all people. You have a beautiful family and sounds like you are creating a beautiful life.
Welcome to the USA.

peace and Love
Anne

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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

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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.

Unscented

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

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