In 2009 three like-minded people got together. Each of us had been working in different places in the world to help lift families out of poverty, but wanted to do something more. What inspired us most was the idea of creating opportunities for women artisans to thrive.
So was born Prosperity Candle, a social enterprise that supports refugees and artisans through candle-making and beautifully crafted vessels easily refilled or repurposed for a lifetime of enjoyment. As we like to say, there's a story behind every candle we pour.
Our handmade candles are created by a woman artisan building a brighter future for herself and her family using all-natural soy & coconut waxes, pure cotton and wood wicks, and premium fragrances made with essential oils. We never add any dyes or enhancers.
Today we are 10 people working side-by-side in a sunlit studio on the 3rd floor of a century-old mill building in western Massachusetts, looking out at ridgeline of Mount Tom. We come from different walks of life, yet share a common vision – a world without poverty.
We also share the belief that equal opportunity for women and girls everywhere creates a brighter future for all.
That's the short version... curious to know more? Check out the Full Story!
We celebrate creativity and quality, support fair trade and ethically made goods, and argue that every product - if made the right way - can help make the world a better place. We don’t like unhealthy stuff in our homes. We love things that are sustainably made and can be reused or repurposed.
We believe that welcoming refugee families and helping them to build new lives lies at the foundation of American values. Or as someone else more eloquently put it, "Welcoming refugees is what this country does best... it's the Statue of Liberty in action."
Most importantly, we believe in contributing to the common good, and in shared prosperity where everyone everywhere has the opportunity to thrive.
As a social enterprise, Prosperity Candle’s charter prioritizes public benefit above all else. That means everything we do puts our mission and values first, no matter what. We support fair trade principles and are B-Corp certified for community and environmental sustainability. For 2 years in a row, we've been recognized by B-Lab as a Best for the World small enterprise.
For more about why and how we do things, see our FAQs page.
As you might guess, we also love candles. And spending evenings in the warmth of family, friends and candlelight with a nice glass of wine. If you find yourself near Easthampton, stop by the studio to say hello – we’d love to meet you!
Don’t be surprised if our dog Riley does, too.