Social enterprise – what does that mean?

March 28, 2012

We are often asked this question, and the answer we usually give is a business created to do good in the world, to effect positive change, to solve a social problem and serve a social purpose.  Others often think of it as a hybrid organization, a “business with a nonprofit soul.”

As the Social Enterprise Alliance so aptly puts it, “The common good is its primary purpose, literally ‘baked into’ the organization’s DNA, and trumping all others.” .Love that.

Recently we saw a definition that really resonates: social enterprises work to build a more balanced, sustainable world by applying market-based strategies to today’s social problems. 

Well, that definitely sums it up better than we usually do, so much so that we put it on the back of our business cards.

So how is Prosperity Candle a social enterprise?  We seek to create opportunities for women survivors of conflict and disaster to earn above a living wage.  Our idea is that to survive is not enough.  We want to help women in some of the most difficult circumstances thrive.  It’s a big word – thrive.  And we’re working hard to measure up to it.  But this is our goal, our passion and purpose.  It is the problem we are trying to help solve.  Prosperity Candle exists solely to realize this mission.

We know we have years of hard work ahead of us, but that is what we all signed up for.  To make a difference and have a sustainable impact.  To work for the common good, like so many others in both the public and private sectors.  It is what we choose to do with our lives.  That, we think, is what social enterprise is all about.

If you’d like to hear more, here is founding partner Siiri Morley talking about the importance of fair trade and moving beyond survival – to the idea of thriving.

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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.

Cedar & Cardamom

Cedar infused with cardamom, lily and spice with seductive
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Chamomile & Sage

Deeply restful chamomile and fresh sage combine in this soothing herbal,
creating an atmosphere of calm and well-being.

Grapefruit & White Floral

Wonderfully complex, grapefruit blended with lily, peony, geranium
and rose, with base notes of amber and musk.

Jasmine & Cypress

Crisp notes of jasmine and cypress blended with nectarine, black currant,
pink peppercorn and bergamot for a uniquely alluring scent.

Orange Blossom

Fragrant orange blossoms mingle with water lily, iris and clementine leaves above
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Pacific Ocean

Clean and buoyant, fresh ocean air atop a joyful blend of freesia,
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Sandalwood & Oakmoss

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Seasonal Holiday Scents

Blue Fir & Spice - Fragrant blue fir pine needles combined with cedarwood, bright citrus and a touch of spice evoke the spirit of the holidays.

Chai Tea - Warm and uplifting, green tea mixed with peppermint leaves, spices and hints of lemon and amber remind you of the best coffeehouse chai.


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