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The World of a Girl: 4 young women who are changing everything

Golden Girl Finance | May 12, 2014

In April 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped from a rural boarding school in Nigeria. A terrorist group, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the abductions, saying that “Western education should end.” The group revealed its intention to sell the girls or to “give their hands in marriage because they are our slaves.” More

MBA grads find way to serve and thrive

Boston Globe | Dec 04, 2013

As a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Siiri Morley watched development workers train women to make crafts without much thought to whether their products would actually sell. Unsold crafts piled up until these businesses and programs inevitably failed, leaving the women without an income, marketable skills, or hope of rising from poverty. More

How candles are making new opportunities for women in Haiti

PBS Newshour | Agents For Change | Aug 13, 2013

Siiri Morley, executive director of Prosperity Catalyst, knew ever since her Peace Corps days that she wanted to help women in poor parts of the world better their economic situations. But she also knew she had a lot to learn. More

Returned Volunteer Spotlight

Peace Corps Success Story | 2013

Siiri Morley, executive director of Prosperity Catalyst, launched a program in Haiti that provides direct support, mentorship, and training to women as they start candle-making businesses. More

Lighting a Candle for Social Entrepreneurship

Brandeis NOW | Spring 2013

Few entrepreneurs see Rwanda, Afghanistan or the Congo as places they hope to expand into. But when your business is designed to help women in distressed or war-ravaged countries rebuild their lives and thrive, places like these suddenly seem like shrewd choices. More

Candlemaker aims to help impoverished women

The Boston Globe | May 11, 2013

Moo Kho Paw fled the violence and oppression of Myanmar for a refugee camp in Thailand nearly a decade ago. Five years later, she, her husband, and their baby daughter resettled again, this time landing in Springfield. More

Not Your Parents' Peace Corps

The Huffington Post | Feb 25, 2013

Imagine a job that offered opportunities on the edge of innovation -- from installing solar-powered computer labs to helping communities switch to renewable energy; from linking local entrepreneurs to global markets to developing cellphone text messaging services to answer questions about HIV. More

Prosperity Candle in Easthampton launches nonprofit sister organization, moves to larger headquarters

Special to The Republican | Feb 12, 2013

EASTHAMPTON—Last year turned out to be a time of positive change and expansion for Prosperity Candle, a company that empowers women in Third World countries by providing them with business opportunities and training them as entrepreneurs. More

League of Extraordinary Women 2012

Fast Company | 2012

Siiri Morley, Executive Director of Prosperity Catalyst and Co-Founder of Prosperity Candle, was recognized by Fast Company as an influencer in the 2012 League of Extraordinary Women. More

Inspired by Solar Mamas, Women in Haiti Transform Lives

ITVS | Beyond The Box | Nov 12, 2012

This week’s broadcast of Solar Mamas inspired us to catch up with Women and Girls Lead partner Siiri Morley, founder of Prosperity Candle. More

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