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Moo Kho Takes New York – as Aung San Suu Kyi receives her Nobel Prize

Watch out New York, Moo Kho and Aung San Suu Kyi are taking you by storm!

Moo Kho stands in Times Square proudly in front of Aung San Suu Kyi as she receives her Nobel Peace Prize, recognizing her work to advance human rights in Burma

Moo Kho stands proudly in front of Aung San Suu Kyi receives her Nobel Peace Prize

Our team was so delighted to have the opportunity to speak at our partner‘s office, UMCOR, in honor of World Refugee Day this past June. Ted, Moo Kho, and I headed down to New York for a jam-packed visit to speak at UMCOR, record more videos with them about our fair trade mission to empower women, and make plans for our next steps with fair trade holiday gifts (stay tuned for new gift sets that bring together Equal Exchange, SERRV International and Prosperity Candle!). While in town we also spoke at a Catchafire event as part of Claudia Chan’s S.H.E. Summit, met with Kate Spade to explore a potential collaboration, and reconnected with our oldest custom candle customer, Amnesty International.

Despite our busy schedule, we also took some time to enjoy New York, as it was Moo Kho’s first time visiting the city. We walked around Times Square in the evening, taking in the hustle and bustle. As we were walking, Moo Kho looked up and said “Oh, it’s Aung San Suu Kyi!” Just coincidentally, Burma’s most respected human rights activist, was shown on a large screen finally receiving her Nobel Peace Prize. We just HAD to capture the moment.

Moo Kho did a fantastic job at her Prosperity Candle speaking premiere. She told her personal story about being born in Thailand, moving back to Burma as a child to live with her grandmother, and the transition into a refugee camp in Thailand. She shared her desire to create a new life here in the United States – despite the cold winters of Massachusetts! She moved the audience to both tears and smiles.

We talk a lot about Moo Kho here at Prosperity Candle because its hard to imagine Prosperity Candle without her. She has worked with us since the very first moment of our local work with refugees and continues to be a critical part of our work. She has just been promoted to Production Manager in our Western Massachusetts location and is in charge of training more women in candle-making.

And now that we’ve hit the road together, we’re excited to travel more together to share our story. Imagine Moo Kho visiting Port au Prince, San Francisco, or Kigali, helping us expand our model and share our story with more people!

The Prosperity Candle team takes New York!
Moo Kho & Ted marvel at Times Square in New York City
Siiri Morley and Moo Kho Paw talk about Prosperity Candle's work to empower women refugees through candle-making with the United Methodist Church's Committee on Relief

Moo Kho & I speaking at UMCOR's headquarters for World Refugee Day

 

 

Women for Women International Partners with Prosperity Candle

 

Women for Women International, a fabulous organization founded by Zainab Salbi works to empower women survivors of war, was our very first partner. They have been our most valued partner, as they helped us launch our work in 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq with a group of women (mostly war widows) who had graduated from the Women for Women sponsorship program. Without their support, we simply couldn’t have started our work. And it certainly wouldn’t have been as well-designed for the women in Iraq.

Here is a screenshot of a blog post that they just featured us in:

Women for Women International and Prosperity Candle partner to offer women employment through meaningful gifts that give back to charity

Now we’re excited to share that we are also collaborating with Women for Women Headquarters in Washington DC. Not only are we working with graduates, but we’re teaming up to spread the word about great work that supports women survivors of war around the world. We’re proud to say that two of our candle gifts make a charitable donation to their work. We’re also very excited that we are about to get started on some Women for Women tin candles that will be used as donor gifts!

Prosperity Candle partners with Women for Women International to create meaningful gifts that change women's lives

Women for Women travel tin candle

We believe strongly that hand in hand we will be able to create tremendous impact for women around the world. We look forward to partnering with Women for Women into the future to create gifts that change women’s lives.

Women for Women International partners with Prosperity Candle to create meaningful gifts that change women's lives

Global Sisters Candle Set - benefits Women for Women