9-year-old starts candle business after being bullied


“He’s a really sweet kid”

That’s just one of the adjectives used to describe nine-year-old Travis Brennan who has dyslexia and autism.

He started to be bullied at school, he decided to channel those emotions into a new business venture.

Over Christmas break, Travis wrote a business plan and told his mom, which was then passed on to his mentor at Idea Innovation School.

I was like where’d this come from, what’s this. She was then like Travis Brennan wrote it, and he wanted you to look at it, says mentor Corey Young.

That’s when Salt and Light was born. Light is spelled backwards because Travis Brennan wanted to show the world what he sees.

My mom said it was a challenge for me when I was getting bullied. I started making candles and praying. Making candles brought me joy, made me so happy, so I want to spread the joy with the world, says Brennan.

He taught himself how to make candles by watching YouTube videos.

The all natural candles are significant to his faith as each candle is named after a Bible verse.

Travis’ mother has seen him blossom through the hardships and wants to shine a light on children just like him.

The world love dyslexic children. The people love children on a spectrum. There’s no limitations no matter what someone says or a label someone puts on you, says LaToya Spears-Sampson.

I’m dyslexic and autistic, so a lot of people think that’s a disability, but it’s really not. Making candles prove to them that I do not have a disability, Brennan explains,

Travis says prices for the candles are ten dollars and custom candles are 15 dollars.

He will also have a launch party to celebrate the release of his candles Saturday, March 23rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Library.

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