Women’s Voices Series: Meet Wafa’a (1 of 5)

March 29, 2011

After an incredible first year, we thought we’d spend some time this spring celebrating the women we work with. Their stories are rich & inspiring. We hope you’ll share them! This email is the first of a series of five. Each one will profile a different woman.

Meet Wafa’a

” I make candles of hope.”

Wafa'a is a Prosperity Candle entrepreneur who has graduated from Women for Women International's training program. She now makes candles in her home that are sold as meaningful gifts that give back and empower women.

Wafa’a lives in Baghdad, Iraq and is widowed with four sons. Her husband was killed by a mortar which dropped onto his grocery store and also hurt her son. She is a strong woman and very optimistic – with a lot of dreams. One day she hopes to create a small candle-making factory. She will employ all of her friends in the community. She hopes that her candles will reach the entire world – even President Obama so that he will know that it is Iraqi women who are sending him Prosperity Candles ( watch her video here).

If Wafa’a earns more income, her sons can complete their studies and become good people in society. Her oldest son needs surgery and hopes to get it done abroad – he still has shrapnel in his body because of the bombs. She hopes to buy a home of her own and a car to drive her sons safely to school.

With the help of Prosperity Candle, Wafa’a hopes to put an end to these dark days in her life so they will be bright and shining.

Click here to buy a candle and support Wafa’a’s dreams today!

10 candles = 1 day’s living wage for a woman like Wafa’a


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