Burmese Refugees

Burmese refugees at Prosperity Candle with handmade soy blend fair trade candles

Burma (Myanmar) has one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world. Over a million Burmese, mostly ethnic groups in the country’s borderlands, have fled persecution and human rights abuses that have spanned decades.

The violence began with an uprising against military rule in 1949, and has since been met with targeted campaigns against ethnic civilians. The result has been ongoing persecution of minorities, particularly in rural areas where armed opposition continues.

Hundreds of thousands of Burmese have sought safety in refugee camps in nearby Thailand, while hundreds of thousands remain internally displaced. Many have witnessed killings and entire villages being burned to the ground, while others have spent years on the move in search of a haven.

When we first opened our studio in the fall of 2010, we learned there is a sizeable community of refugees from Burma in the Springfield, MA area. Moo Kho was one of the first candle-makers we reached out to, and 7 years later is still with us.

Burmese refugees pouring handmade soy blend fair trade candles at Prosperity Candle

English and previous work experience are not required at Prosperity Candle to earn a living wage – simply a desire to learn the art of candle-making. But for quality and safety reason, we do need at least one language in common which is why many of our women artisans are from Burma. Moo Kho speaks several Burmese languages and is their teacher.

If you know the name of your Burmese candle-maker from the story card or candle label, you can write directly to her by returning to the main artisans page and selecting her image.

You can also send a general message of encouragement to the all the Burmese women using the form below – they would love it.

We never share email addresses with anyone, so your contact information will remain completely confidential.

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Fragrance Guide

Unique soy blend fair trade candles handcrafted by women artisans candles at Prosperity Candle

Amber & Bergamot

Warm and inviting, amber and bergamot combined with subtle notes of
geranium, black cardamom, sandalwood and eucalyptus.

Cedar & Cardamom

Cedar infused with cardamom, lily and spice with seductive
notes of sandalwood, leather and musk.

Chamomile & Sage

Deeply restful chamomile and fresh sage combine in this soothing herbal,
creating an atmosphere of calm and well-being.

Grapefruit & White Floral

Wonderfully complex, grapefruit blended with lily, peony, geranium
and rose, with base notes of amber and musk.

Jasmine & Cypress

Crisp notes of jasmine and cypress blended with nectarine, black currant,
pink peppercorn and bergamot for a uniquely alluring scent.

Orange Blossom

Fragrant orange blossoms mingle with water lily, iris and clementine leaves above
a base note of vetiver to create this delightfully elegant floral.

Pacific Ocean

Clean and buoyant, fresh ocean air atop a joyful blend of freesia,
water lilies, lotus and tuberose for a truly uplifting experience.

Sandalwood & Oakmoss

The warmth of sandalwood blended with Baltic oakmoss, a touch of amber,
and hint of patchouli give rise to this gentle wood scent.

Seasonal Holiday Scents

Blue Fir & Spice - Fragrant blue fir pine needles combined with cedarwood, bright citrus and a touch of spice evoke the spirit of the holidays.

Chai Tea - Warm and uplifting, green tea mixed with peppermint leaves, spices and hints of lemon and amber remind you of the best coffeehouse chai.


Completely fragrance-free.
Perfect for centerpieces, dinner candles and those who prefer no scent.

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