A few days ago, my mom asked me to list all the ways that a Prosperity Candle gift gives back to people, communities and the environment. She wanted to know the total impact because she sensed that she only knew a piece of it. She was so right.
So I started talking about the women who make our candles, whether still recovering from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and struggling to escape poverty, seeking independence and self sufficiency as a widow in Iraq, or recently resettled in the U.S. after years in a refugee camp for displaced Burmese families. These strong and resilient women are rebuilding their lives and need to put food on the table, send kids to school, and afford medicines. But we seek to help them achieve more. Prosperity Candle’s model provides an entrepreneurial opportunity to not just survive, but truly thrive.
That’s our mission. That’s why we started this social enterprise and launched our sister nonprofit, Prosperity Catalyst. And that is why we chose candles – a unique business that can start in the safety of the home, but rapidly grow far beyond in both size and income. It’s extraordinary.
But my mom knew all that. She wanted to see the entire picture. So here it is – something we haven’t really put all in one place until this post.
While we think globally, every day we make a local impact as well. Whenever we can, we buy local. We source close by. We support local businesses. And in addition to reaching out to women in places like Haiti and Iraq, we work with refugees right here in Massachusetts who are faced with incredible challenges to rebuild their lives in the U.S. We offer good wages, flexible hours, transportation support, learning opportunities, and assistance navigating the complexities of healthcare, insurance and taxation services. We try to do whatever we can to help, as any friend and neighbor would do.
Prosperity Candle was created to serve a social mission and have a positive, lasting impact on the world. We’re working really hard to make that happen and every day there is progress. But that’s not to say we don’t have things we need to improve upon – we do. It’s not enough to feel passionate about something. Like every organization, we make mistakes and see areas that need attention. And it’s our commitment to giving back in every way possible that drives us to fix the mistakes and figure out how to do things better tomorrow.
That’s the entire picture, mom!
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