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.
” I make candles of hope.”
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.
10 candles = 1 day’s living wage for a woman like Wafa’a
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In the spirit of Women’s History Month, our thoughts are drawn to the many women who contribute to society in a myriad of ways while expecting nothing in return. They are hidden from view. Yet these women are transforming communities and making a positive difference in the world. They are unsung heroines.
March is about celebrating women… something we’re pretty excited about. There is so much to appreciate, so many barriers yet to topple, and so many amazing women to recognize for their accomplishments.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every year we look forward to it, but here’s the thing. Ever since Eve Ensler started One Billion Rising as part of her V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, we’ve felt conflicted about this holiday.