Story of Impact: Meet Mee Mee

August 10, 2011

Meet Mee Mee, a refugee from Burma.

Mee Mee with Candles made for Amnesty's 50th Anniversary

Mee Mee was born in Burma, and fled from her country to escape the violent ethnic conflict that has engulfed the country for decades. Burmese soldiers persecuted civilians and burned entire villages, prompting Mee Mee’s family to seek safety in a refugee camp. They spent four years moving continuously and hiding in the wilderness before arriving at a camp on the Thai border.

However, opportunities are limited or nonexistent in the refugee camps, which house more than 150,000 Burmese refugees in Thailand alone.  If they chose to leave the camp to seek work outside, they would be put in jail.

Mee Mee arrived in the US in 2010 with her husband, four sons, and one daughter. She began working with Prosperity Candle in early 2011. And though her new life here has brought her hope for her and her children’s future, she recently experienced another tragedy: the recent tornadoes that struck western MA destroyed Mee Mee’s home, and she and her large family were forced to move to a temporary shelter in West Springfield. Though she has since found new housing, supporting her family through this experience poses new hardships.

However, Mee Mee’s quick smile and warm sprit are unfaltering in spite of the gravity of the challenges she has faced. We are grateful to provide her a flexible work opportunity that has allowed her time off while she rebuilds once again. More so, we are deeply humbled by her resilience and unyielding positivity.


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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.

Blue Fir & Spice 

Wonderfully fragrant blue fir pine needles combined with cedarwood, bright citrus and a touch of spice evoke the spirit of the holidays.

Chai Tea

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

Chamomile & Sage

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

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.

Fig & Citrus

Clean and slightly sweet, fresh figs infused with grapefruit, a hint of orange, and lemon zest atop an earthy base of cedar and oakmoss. Wonderfully nuanced, it’s our favorite fig scent.

French Vanilla & Oak

Sweet, familiar and deeply comforting, French vanilla combined with oak, sandalwood, grapefruit and sea salt with a hint of clove. A unique take on a classic.

Ocean Breeze

There is nothing like a fresh ocean breeze… clean and buoyant ocean air with a joyful blend of freesia, water lilies, lotus and tuberose offers a truly uplifting ambiance.

Orange Blossom & Waterlily

Fragrant orange blossoms mingle with water lily, iris and clementine leaves above a base note of vetiver. This is a delightfully elegant, soft floral.

Peppermint Drop

Just slightly sweet, this blend of crisp peppermint leaves followed by notes of fresh mint leaves will radiate the season’s joy.

Sandalwood & Oakmoss

The warmth of sandalwood blended with Baltic oakmoss, a touch of amber, and hint of patchouli give rise to this gentle wood scent – a perennial favorite.

Unscented

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