Iraqi Artisans

Iraqi women artisans making soy blend fair trade pillar candles for Prosperity Candle in Baghad

We began this journey back in 2009 in Iraq at a time when bombings were a weekly and sometimes daily occurrence in Baghdad. Having worked in poverty alleviation and conflict countries for decades, we set out to support women artisan-entrepreneurs, and after years of brainstorming came upon candle-making as the ideal enterprise.

Following a year of workshops, developing training materials, creating our own “business-in-a-box” for shipment to Iraq, and traveling to Istanbul to teach candle-making to Iptesam – the first Iraqi woman we would work with - handmade pillar candles began to arrive at New York’s JFK airport on April 10, 2010... just in time for Mother’s Day.

You can read The Full Story of how we got started  – missteps and all.


  Iraqi woman holding her son, an artisan making handcrafted pillar candles for Propserity Candle in Baghdad

Since then we have worked with over 50 Iraqi women and supported a hundred more, most of whom are war widows. Our sister nonprofit, Prosperity Catalyst, has now taken over and is expanding the program north into the Kurdish region.

If you would like to send a message to the Iraqi women, simply fill in the form below. Please include her name if you have it from the candle label. Or you can write a general message of encouragement to the Iraqi women who have shown such incredible strength and determination.

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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