Prosperity Candle: Lighting the way for their employees



when someone gets their first paycheck and is earning their living and able to contribute to our economy I think they're no longer a refugee there are former refugee I'm Ted barber I'm a co-founder of Prosperity candle in East Hampton just north of Springfield there are refugees in the United States for many different reasons but we focus on employing women who are coming out of war zones and relocated here through federal programs so we're a business just like any other business with one exception we balance profit with this mission to help women from places a conflict to thrive when I arrived in the u.s. from refugee camp I'm excited and nervous too about the language and I don't have transportation I don't have enough money to pay the rent I keep in my mind if I try harder things will get better but it is not easy moo-cows been with us for seven years she started out as a candle maker but now as part of our management team we make anywhere from a few hundred candles a day to a thousand candles a day all by hand from the very beginning we saw ourselves as an online company we don't have a retail store so everyone is finding us through our website that was very important because we wanted to reach people across the United States and around the world and we do we have customers all over the world over 80% of our candles are made right here in the Springfield area and we support entrepreneurs in Baghdad enabling them to make a product to sell locally as well as export candles to the United States and then we sell them through our website it was violent there and we weren't allowed to even travel to Iraq so we had to figure out other ways to train them here's this guy in Western Mass wearing an apron creating these YouTube videos for women in Baghdad by the third or fourth video if you could tell I was pretty high the moment we opened the first box we could feel it there's nothing like holding something that you know someone across the world is handmade we've witnessed quite a transformation in the women's lives for example mukou she applied for citizenship and passed the test and recently purchased her first home which is an extraordinary experience for anyone but even more so knowing where she came from and where she started I really like to live in Springfield I got a good neighbors and like a great school for my kids they can build their dream but I don't like the weather prosperity candle is grown tremendously over the years but also we are having a positive impact on these wonderful people their families their children the next generation of Americans

43 thoughts on “Prosperity Candle: Lighting the way for their employees

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  • I like google but i think i wish that google have to done for andriod is that they should add google assistant in andriod version 5.1 or even below…

  • **What type of video production (i.e Cameras and Softwares) did you use? I loved it. A small story about production will be really helpful**

  • Your intentions are noble. However, I take one exception in that, since I know Islam is an extremely violent, brutal, and also sometimes called "religion," (but more correctly known as a "manifesto"), I would have to know, unequivocally, that the people you serve are in no way related to Muslims. If you can assure me of that, then I would be happy to assist you.

  • Look I have no problem with this stuff. But I honestly hate how major companies like Google and the gov has pushed super super super hard for non white, non male, and people who weren't born here to have jobs over those who were born here. It's like they are bending over backwards after someone said they were racist.
    The problem I have with this is I'm sitting here with 3 degrees, about to get another (because it's that or ….). And there still isn't any jobs around unless if I want to move across the country. It's a lot like how these celebs and what not try to adopt kids from overseas vs getting ones that are already here. The people who lose are the ones already here simply because they were American born. Even worst if they are a white male.

    How about helping out your fellow American before 1 letting in someone from another country (giving they didn't help us in war times like Afghanistan. Which btw Obama's crew completely lied to those people and broke their contracts). And 2 pushing stuff like this.
    Why not push things like maker spaces which helps people start a new company, or companies that act as stepping stones to get into something worth while.

    Again, I don't have a problem with a company that helps out refugee women. And I think it is worth while. I have a problem with Google's priorities. Keep in mind how much money they spent showing off this and how much time went into this. And keep in mind why they are showing this (it is to show Google's values). They could've easily shown off something like a manufacturing plant that is helping the local area, or maybe how someone made a good size company from prototyping something within a makers space.

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  • Good job Prosperity Candle!! We all need more businesses like yours that focus on helping people along with making a profit.

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