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Women Entrepreneurs in Baghdad Making Their Own Light

January 18, 2011
"We felt if we could prove our model in Baghdad, with the bombs coming down, then we could expand this model to any other part of the world,"
- Prosperity Candle Co-founder Amber Chand

Wafa'a makes candles. A widow with four sons living in Baghdad, Iraq, her husband was killed when a mortar dropped into her store years ago. But despite being a woman living in one of the most dangerous places in the world, she started a business. Someday soon, she hopes to have a factory.

Wafa'a makes her candles through Prosperity Candle, a Massachusetts-based company that hopes to give struggling women around the world the tools and distribution they need to start their own companies selling candles on local and international markets. Co-founder Amber Chand, whose Indian family was ejected from Uganda in 1972 after Idi Amin seized power, knows what it's like to be left on her own in an uncertain world.

For her, Prosperity Candle is a way of giving women the tools they need to support themselves. And Baghdad was the only place to start it.

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