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.

Balsam & Juniper Berry

Wonderfully fresh and seasonally-inspired, this woodland blend of balsam fir, cedarwood and juniper berry radiates the feeling of joy that comes with the holidays. 

Chai Tea

Green tea mixed with a cozy blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and peppermint reminds you of your favorite tea spot. A perennial fall favorite! 

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.

Coastal Seagrass

Clean and aromatic, gentle notes of salty seagrass and ocean water mingle with a hint of sweet coastal air… a blend that will transport you to a faraway shore with calming lapping waves.

Fig & Cedar

An aromatic blend of fresh fig, cedar and oakmoss brightened with grapefruit, lemon zest and a hint of orange. Wonderfully nuanced and just slightly sweet, it’s our new favorite fig scent.

French Lavender & Vanilla

Sweet and refreshing, French lavender and classic vanilla bean are paired to create this deeply comforting and indulgent scent. The perfect balance of two soothing favorites.

Pear & Freesia

Fresh pear mingles with floral notes of freesia and just a touch of patchouli. A joyful fragrance to evoke the freshness of your favorite garden and remind you of the beauty of nature.

Tobacco & Spice 

Dried tobacco leaves blended with teak, cedar and amber with a touch of spice and pimento berry essential oils... a nuanced scent to bring warmth inside.

Tonka & Oud

Wonderfully rich and earthy, tonka beans are paired with oud wood and topped with hints of balsam, rum, amaretto and musk. A restful scent with a captivating twist.

White Tea & Citrus 

An uplifting blend of white tea, bergamot, fig and fresh jasmine combined with a subtle hint of soft sandalwood. This is delightfully light and elegant.

Unscented

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

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