The Congo

The Congo

Refugees The Congo DRC fleeing violence (Prosperity Candle)


The Democratic Republic of the Congo, or simply "the Congo," has known only conflict for the past 50 years. Since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960 when it was called Zaire, its people have suffered constant violence, insecurity and political instability.

By 2015, there were nearly 500,000 known refugees from the DRC mostly scattered among Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda Zambia, Burundi, Malawi and the Republic of the Congo (a much smaller country to the west). Adding those who were forced from their homes but remain in DRC, more than 1.3 million Congolese have been displaced due to the ongoing violence.

Living conditions in refugee camps are very poor with severe overcrowding, unhealthy and often unsafe environments, and limited education and employment opportunities. Many of the refugees suffer from a high degree of trauma from exposure to violence, torture and assault.

Through UNHCR, Congolese families have been able to resettle in limited numbers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Here in Western Massachusetts some like Lydia and Nyota have found a home and the opportunity to create a brighter future with parents and siblings.

Congolese women refugees Nyota and Lydia from DRC now making fair trade handmade soy candles at Prosperity Candle

We are so happy to have met Lydia and Nyota, and for them to have joined our studio. To send them a message, simply fill in the form below.

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.

Clementine & Lavender

A bright, fresh citrus scent of clementine, tangerine, bergamot and lemon… nicely balanced with French lavender. If you love citrus with a subtle twist, this is for you.

Desert Cactus & Rose

Deep and earthy, warm oakmoss is infused with light rose petals, water lilies and geranium, with a touch of musk and clove bud to inspire thoughtfulness and rest. 

Fig & Citrus

Clean and slightly sweet, fresh figs infused with grapefruit, a hint of orange, and lemon zest atop an earthy base of cedar and oakmoss. Wonderfully nuanced, it’s our favorite fig scent.

French Vanilla & Oak

Sweet, familiar and deeply comforting, French vanilla combined with oak, sandalwood, grapefruit and sea salt with a hint of clove. A unique take on a classic.

Ginger & Verbena

Fresh ginger mingles with grapefruit and lemon for a bright and refreshing citrus that energizes in a surprisingly soothing way. A wonderfully balanced fragrance that evokes peaceful spring mornings.

Jasmine & Peony Suede 

Delightfully sweet with a floral twist, blossoming peonies mix with jasmine, red apple, rose and gentle suede giving rise to a joyous scent for any occasion.

Orange Blossom & Waterlily

Fragrant orange blossoms mingle with water lily, iris and clementine leaves above a base note of vetiver. This is a delightfully elegant, soft floral.

Sea Salt & Lotus 

There is nothing like a fresh ocean breeze... clean and buoyant ocean air with a joyful blend of freesia, water lilies, lotus and tuberose offers a truly uplifting ambiance.


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

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