Announcing our partnership to empower women and promote fair trade with UMCOR

 

We are delighted to be partnering now with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). UMCOR shares many of our core values of supporting people in distressed parts of the world, empowering refugees in the United States, promoting fair trade, and being an active and engaged global citizen. We first began speaking with UMCOR in the summer of 2011 and are delighted to note that we are now in partnership with them to better align our shared goals.

In their own words, “As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR transforms and strengthens people and communities.”

Prosperity Candle creates unique candle gifts for UMCOR's annual event - their conference. Each candle supports fair trade and refugees.

Moo Kho, Mee Mee, and Naw with their candles for UMCOR

To launch our partnership, UMCOR has ordered a record-breaking 5,000 candles to give to each person attending the United Methodist Church’s upcoming annual conference later this month. We have customized our tin candles with their logo and messaging about their mission to “bring hope in times of crisis.” Each candle comes with a storycard about our partnership and the story of the woman who made each candle. Thanks to UMCOR’s support, the Burmese refugees we work with were employed full-time for 3 months!

Naw works on packaging her candles for UMCOR - each candle promotes fair trade and comes with her story as a Burmese refugee

Naw works on packaging the candles that she made for UMCOR

Every candle donates 10% to UMCOR’s work in the United States to support refugees. These candles can also be purchased directly from our website, as well.

Thank you to UMCOR for also helping us become a Green America member and for supporting our World Fair Trade Organization membership application.

Prosperity Candle creates unique candle gifts for UMCOR's annual event - their conference. Each candle supports fair trade and refugees.

UMCOR Prosperity Candles

 

Read more about UMCOR’s support of fair trade products and organizations here in their recent news update.

Prosperity Candle and UMCOR Haiti team members meet to discuss our growing partnership to empower women in Haiti

Siiri Morley (Prosperity Candle) & Elizabeth Peteo (UMCOR Haiti) meet to discuss our work in Haiti

We look forward to having UMCOR’s team visit us later this week to create a film about our partnership in preparation for World Refugee Day in June. As we begin preparing for our expansion into Haiti with our women-focused candle-making opportunity, we look forward to deepening our relationship with UMCOR and their work in Haiti. We had the great fortune of meeting with the UMCOR team last week in Port-au-Prince, Haiti!

Read more about partnership opportunities with us here.

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