About Stone Soup

Concrete is an essential part of our world. Modernity wouldn't be so without it. At Stone Soup, we are bringing concrete in from the cold. Fusing metal and stone, structural strength with a tactile softness, the concrete we make can cement disparate elements into fully human and humane design.

At Stone Soup, we welcome the diversity of work that comes our way. We celebrate the collaboration each job implies. Every day is different, every project unique. We are capable of working out the finest details of an object's design and then producing it to exacting specifications. Every project has possibility, both increasing the range of things we can provide and skilled professionals we can connect with. We view the nature of our work as essentially collaborative and alchemic.

Located in the heart of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, Stone Soup Concrete serves all of New England, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, as well as New York, New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania.

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From Haiti To Haiti, With Determination

re-published from Prosperity Candle

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On January 12th, 2010 a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, taking 230,000 lives, injuring 300,000 and displacing over 1.5 million. Six years later, families and the country are still struggling to recover.

Here at Prosperity Candle, and for the thousands of people who have volunteered to save and help rebuild lives there, the devastation that befell this Caribbean country just a few hours’ flight from Miami is much more than images. We’ve worked in Haiti both before and after the earthquake.

So when Prosperity Candle was ready to expand to a new country to support women artisans and entrepreneurs, we knew it would be Haiti. Beyond donations, we wanted to reach out to help Haitians build a brighter future in the way our social enterprise was created to to do. Together with our sister nonprofit, Prosperity Catalyst, we went there and invested in a women-owned candle enterprise.

Three years later, we are continuing that effort with something new and entirely unique.

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Concrete candle holders made with rubble from the 2010 earthquake, symbolizing light from darkness and a brighter future ahead. Designed and individually handcrafted in partnership with Stone Soup Concrete, 10% of proceeds are donated to support women entrepreneurs and civic leaders in Haiti.

But today  through January 12, 2016 we are donating 100% of the proceeds.

 

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Already these candles reside in homes from London to LA, given as unique and meaningful gifts this past holiday. The response has been incredible. Each begins with large blocks of concrete we handle with respect and awareness of the lives lost, and determination to help those still in need.

Turning these blocks into smooth candle holders is a slow process done entirely by hand from start to finish.  No two pieces are exactly the same due to the material we receive. Each arrives in with a story card and matchbox with inspirational quote. You can view the Haiti Rubble Series in our Limited Edition Collection.

 

If you are interested in supporting Haitian women more directly, we encourage you to visit Prosperity Catalyst, a Boston-based nonprofit that incubates and launches women-led businesses in distressed regions, creating opportunities for women to achieve economic empowerment. Its vision is  a world where all women have the opportunity, capacity and support to become powerful catalysts for social and economic chang

 

Thank you. Together we can – and will – create a brighter future for all.

 

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Prosperity Candle and Stone Soup Concrete Collaborating to Support Haiti

One of the inspirational things about working in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts is the opportunity for meaningful coincidences. The Valley is home to artists, artisans, dreamers and visionaries of all stripes and, at Stone Soup Concrete, we get to collaborate with them on so many exciting projects.

Our newest relationship is with an amazing company called Prosperity Candle. Prosperity is   located in the same old mill building in Easthampton as Stone Soup Concrete. Prosperity  Candle works domestically and internationally to support refugee women and women’s entrepreneurship.

We are proud to be collaborating with Prosperity Cadle on their newest series -concrete pillar candle holders made with actual rubble from the 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince.  10% of proceeds are jointly donated to support women entrepreneurs and civic leaders in Haiti. 

The candle holders are made to order by Stone Soup Concrete; the candles by the artisans at Prosperity Candle.

Learn more about this exciting project and Prosperity Candle.

 

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