Amber Runyon founded Eleventh Candle Company in 2015 as a for-profit spin-off of her nonprofit, Legacy. Eleventh Candle Co. is a social enterprise whose social impact is to redeem, restore, empower, and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction. Working in tandem, the social enterprise provides the jobs and the funding for the rehabilitation support provided by the nonprofit.
Amber caught the bug of social impact while serving on a medical team in Ethiopia and observing the pervasive poverty there. She launched Legacy to provide help in Ethiopia but since 2015 has added a strong local focus on victims of human trafficking. Eleventh Candle Co sells a variety of scented candles manufactured by local victims of human trafficking. With annual sales nearing half a million dollars, she uses her revenues to provide employment, support, and training to women recovering from trafficking.
We talked with Amber to learn more about what drives her to create impact through business. A version of this interview first appeared in Columbus Business First in March 2018.
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