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Profile: Candle artisan, Aye Sway

Many refugee women lack formal work experience when they first arrive. Creating Refuge candles is a good first step in gaining experience outside of the home. Oftentimes, volunteers and refugees work together to create the candles – giving refugees the opportunity to practice and refine their English skills.

Money raised from candle sales directly impacts lives and goes towards:

  • Finding and furnishing homes for refugees.
  • Helping refugees secure full-time jobs within the first 90 days of arriving.
  • Teaching English as a second language.
  • Creating a support network for refugees by helping them integrate into the Omaha community.

I like coming to do candles. I learn how to make them. I learn English and talk to friends.

Aye Sway