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"It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness" - Youth-made candles to help refugee youth globally

One Small Candle

location_on London, United Kingdom
Started by a group of HundrEDYouthAmbassadors from London, England this social enterprise raises money and awareness of child refugees globally.
Jacob Bell, 14, founder of One Small Candle, London
"We know we can make a difference to the world. We're doing it one small candle at a time."

Jacob Bell, 14, founder of One Small Candle, London


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Updated on May 23rd, 2022
about the innovation

"No one is too small to make a difference" Greta Thunberg

What we do?

We show young people around the world how to make and sell high-quality candles to raise money and awareness of refugee young people globally. 

We have 3 free, and simple to use, resources: 

1. An easy-to-follow instruction video of how to safely make and package high-quality naturally fragranced soy-wax candles

2. A full list of easy-to-source materials and equipment

3. A growing list of refugee charities to support globally

Why we do it?

We are kids doing this, to show adults how it is done. 

We know it's easy

We know it works

We know anyone can do it

We believe everyone should do it.   

Make a difference. One small candle at a time. 


Achievements & Awards

February 2021
One Small Candle recognised in prestigious international contest on equity by Fielding International - Fielding International melds facility design with education design, creating an optimum learning experience for the students of every school community we partner with. This “sweet spot” in the middle is possible because the educators on our teams are just as important as the architects and designers. Their participation at every stage of the process is the differential we provide to you.
June 2020
One Small Candle wins the Global Social Leaders Global Collaboration Award 2020 from over 2,000 entries worldwide
December 2019
Our second candle making kit is sent to HundrED Youth Ambassadors in India
December 2019
One Small Candle Goes Global -Sending candlemaking kits to Macedonia
December 2019
One Small Candle sell one candle per minute until they sell out after three hours, raising thousands
December 2019
One Small Candle joins Social Enterprise UK
November 2019
Jacob attends Helsinki Education Week as founder of One Small Candle & as a HundrED Youth Ambassador
March 2019
Jacob produces instruction video to share with young social entrepreneurs globally
February 2019
The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers offer to support us
January 2019
Jacob & friends raise enough money to buy a delivery van to start taking food & clothing to refugees
December 2018
Jacob & friends sell out of hundreds of candles in half an hour at their local Christmas market
November 2018
Jacob & friends start local marketing online (including neighbour's dog)
October 2018
Jacob &.friends spend one week of their holiday making hundreds of candles
August 2018
Jacob works with London graphic designer, Sarah Godden, to rebrand packaging
December 2017
Jacob & friends partner with local refugee charity to raise funds and awareness one candle at a time
November 2017
Jacob and friends set up social enterprise in London, UK selling homemade candles & secondhand goods

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Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

Download our step-by-step guide to making & selling candles
This video guide contains all the information you need to make and sell good quality natural candles in your community.
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Download our easy-to-find materials & equipment list
A list of everything you'll need, is right here.
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Find a refugee charity to support in your area
Since 2017 we have supported London-based refugee charity Help us add to the list of charities and NGOs that you can support with candle-making in your communities around the world.
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