Candelas La Luciernaga
The cooperative Candelas La Luciérnaga (“Firefly Candles”) is a project of the nonprofit women’s organization Actions for Popular Development (ADP). The work of ADP, an organization dedicated to the empowerment and welfare of women, includes a shelter for abused women and their children, a home for pregnant women and a microlending program. La Luciérnaga supports ADP financially while providing the women artisans with income. La Luciérnaga artisans produce a variety of candles, decorated with natural materials like dried flowers and leaves.
Candelas La Luciérnaga was established in 1999. Women of the ADP abused women’s shelter decided to make decorative candles after having difficulty raising funds for the shelter. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from La Luciérnaga since 2002.