Nyota Congolese refugee makes handcrafted soy blend fair trade candles at Prosperity Candle
"I am the middle child, the 4th oldest in my family. My dream is to learn English."

Born in a small village in the Congo, Nyota and her family were forced to flee their home to escape the violence of war. She was only 6 years old and has few memories of that time beyond that she lost loved ones.

After 16 years in a refugee camp in Burundi, Nyota and her family became eligible to relocate to the United States to build a brighter future in peace and security. In October 2018 she received her very first paycheck, helping to support her family through candle-making.

Today Nyota shares a home with her mother, two brothers and three sisters. Her dream is to learn English so that she can grow alongside her family and thrive.

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