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.

Blue Fir & Spice 

Wonderfully fragrant blue fir pine needles combined with cedarwood, bright citrus and a touch of spice evoke the spirit of the holidays.

Chai Tea

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

Chamomile & Sage

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

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.

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.

Ocean Breeze

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.

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.

Peppermint Drop

Just slightly sweet, this blend of crisp peppermint leaves followed by notes of fresh mint leaves will radiate the season’s joy.

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 – a perennial favorite.

Unscented

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

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