Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Prosperity Candle and Women’s Refugee Commission Partner for Displaced Women and Children Around The World

June 10, 2013, Easthampton, MA - Prosperity Candle (www.prosperitycandle.com) has announced that it will donate 5% of all online and designated corporate sales from May 12th through June 30th to the Women's Refugee Commission (www.wrcommision.org). The donations will support the WRC’s work creating a positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. The partnership is in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20th 2013.

The WRC, a nongovernmental organization, examines the needs of refugees, identifies solutions and advocates for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practices. Donations from the partnership will go to fund on the ground research missions and the dissemination of reports to bring attention to refugee issues around the world, as well as provide trainings for refugees and aid workers.

This announcement comes just days before the 13th annual World Refugee Day. The June 20th, 2013, celebration will feature events hosted in over 100 countries involving aid workers, government officials and celebrities, as well as current and former refugees.

“Prosperity Candle is honored to support the thousands of women and girls around the world struggling for the right to return home,” says Kaitlin Hasseler, Director of Partnerships at Prosperity Candle “World Refugee Day is the perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations around the world to pledge their support of refugees, both at home and abroad.”

Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise company that partners with female entrepreneurs in and from some of the most distressed regions around the globe. The organization works with women from places like Haiti and Iraq to start candle businesses with access to local and global markets. In the U.S., it works with recently resettled refugees from places like Burma who are finally getting the opportunity to rebuild their lives after years of hardship.

“We are thrilled that Prosperity Candle has selected the Women's Refugee Commission as a partner in striving for a future in which refugees and internally displaced women, children and youth are safe, healthy and self-­‐reliant, and have their human rights respected and protected,” said Sarah Costa, executive director of the WRC.

All Prosperity Candle purchases during the partnership period will benefit the WRC. Products and details are available online at www.prosperitycandle.com.

For more information about the Women's Refugee Commission, Prosperity Candle, or to schedule an interview with Kim Hutt contact Prosperity Candle by phone at 413-­‐727-­‐3078 or by e-­‐mail at info@prosperitycandle.com


About Prosperity Candle

Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise that offers women living in distressed places around the world with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills and create thriving enterprises producing distinctive candles for local and international markets. Currently the company is working in Iraq and Haiti, and with Burmese women refugees in the U.S. For more information and to see products made by Prosperity Candle entrepreneurs visit www.prosperitycandle.com.

About The Women’s Refugee Commission

The Women's Refugee Commission was established in 1989 to address the particular needs of refugee and displaced women and children. The Women's Refugee Commission is affiliated with and is legally part of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-­‐profit 501(c)(3) organization. It does not receive direct financial support from the IRC. For more information, visit www.womensrefugeecommission.org.

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