Lighting a brighter future for Haiti, these concrete candle centerpieces are made with material from the 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince. Working there since 2006, we felt compelled to create a candle that symbolizes light out of darkness, and supports Haitian women.
Designed and handmade in partnership with concrete studio Stone Soup, 10% of proceeds are jointly donated to support women artisans and civic leaders in Haiti.
Sold individually, ideal for dinner tables, mantles and shelves. Available in white or gray and in two sizes: 3-Candle (3x8x3") and 5-Candle (3x12x3"). Each of these candle centerpieces includes brushed aluminum inserts that are designed to be refilled with any votive candle. Please allow 10 days to hand pour and ship.
To learn about Stone Soup, click on the Artist tab above. Each arrives beautifully gift boxed with story card about Stone Soup, Prosperity Candle, and the woman who poured your candle.
Stone Soup, Easthampton MA
Concrete is an essential part of our world. Modernity would not be so without it. At Stone Soup, we are bringing concrete in from the cold. Fusing metal and stone, structural strength with a tactile softness, the concrete we make can cement disparate elements into fully human and humane design.
For the Haiti Rubble Series, we take the large blocks brought to us and break them down into smaller pieces, then pulverize and screen them - all by hand, a slow process that results in a highly uniform material. We then combine the Haitian concrete with local aggregate of similar color, several binders, and glass fibers to increase strength and lightness.
This mixture is poured into molds we've designed and built, then cured for 2-3 days. Upon removal, we finish the candle holders with a protective coating and add clear rubber feet to the bottoms.
No two are exactly the same due to the rubble we receive, which may contain tile and other elements. Each time we handle the rubble, we are acutely aware of its origin and the tragedy that befell Haiti, particularly Port-au-Prince. We think about the lives lost, and hope these candles help keep their memory alive and contribute to a brighter future for Haitians.
Stone Soup is located in the heart of Massachusetts´ Pioneer Valley in an old factory building repurposed as a home to sculptors, woodworkers, glass artists, printmakers, weavers and our partners in this unique and inspiring project, Prosperity Candle.
Wax: premium soy + coconut blend candle with cotton wick, no dyes or enhancers
Burn time: each insert burns up to 15 hours and is easily refilled with any votive candle
Vessel: recyclable aluminum insert in concrete holder, handmade with combination of Haitian rubble, local material, and glass fibers for strength with lightness
Dimensions: 3-Wick is 3"W x 8"L x 3"H, 5-Wick is 3x12x3"
Gift Box: arrives gift boxed with story card about Stone Soup, Prosperity Candle, our joint initiative, and the woman who made the candle
Donation - We donate 10% of proceeds to support women entrepreneurs and civic leaders in Haiti.
Handmade - Each candle is individually poured-to-order in our Easthampton, MA studio by women artisans who are former refugees building a brighter future for themselves and their families in the U.S.
Sustainable - We are always thinking about how our designs can be reused and repurposed. Prosperity Candle has been recognized 2 years in a row for its commitment to social and environmental sustainability by B-Lab's Best for the World list.
Ethically Made - We are passionate advocates for ethically made goods and support the fair trade principles of gender equity, respect for the environment, and living wages in our studio.
Designed for Good - As a social enterprise prioritizing positive impact over all else, our candles help create opportunities for women refugees and artisans. We believe that equal opportunity for women and girls everywhere means a brighter future for all.