Our Team

We love what we do. We're a group of people dedicated to creating beautiful gifts that change lives for the better. Our team's experience spans the fields of business, poverty alleviation, social enterprise, and promoting women's entrepreneurship. We're passionate about our mission, creating unique and wonderful gifts, and having a positive impact in the world.


Ted Barber

Co-Founder and President

Ted lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Patsy and two daughters, Sophie and Casey. He spent 8 years helping businesses in developing countries access global markets, having previously owned and managed an import and trade consulting company. In 2001, he and Patsy volunteered in Ghana for 5 months where the course of their lives changed. A group of Ghanaian women determined to escape poverty started a bread business. Ted was running the microloans program that provided start-up capital, and ever since has been interested in the role of business and women’s entrepreneurship in solving social problems. Ghana is also where Patsy and Ted got engaged, in the hospital, recovering from malaria.



Heather Barrett

Manager of International Programs

Heather joined our team in February 2014 bringing more than 10 years experience in grants and contract management, financial administration and economic development. Prior to joining Prosperity Candle, Heather worked at a regional Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) here in western Massachusetts providing small businesses with alternative financing and access to technical assistance. Since then, Heather has applied her background in International Public Health to help improve the quality of life in small villages in Mali and Togo. She is excited to be a part Prosperity Candle's impact and to further her work in community building and economic empowerment. Heather lives in Holyoke, MA and serves on the steering committee for the development of the Holyoke Community Market; a worker and member owned cooperative grocery store.





Of course, no team is an island: we wouldn't be here without the support of amazing advisors, investors, interns, friends and family -- not to mention the wonderful artisans who create our candles! To all who support our work and share our story: thank you.