11-year-old Juho Kemppainen and his family have become the focus of attention in the small municipality of Hyrynsalmi in Oulu.
Juho Kemppainen, nicknamed “Jätkä-Juho”, received a giant order from the department store chain Puuilo during Christmas.
Juho, with the help of his father, started making Dwarf Candles for a local travel company and developed a better way to light them.
Puuilo heard about the product and became interested in it.
A dowel candle is a wooden log in which incisions are cut, a hole is drilled and the candle is burned.
- He is a very good-natured young man, he has shown an entrepreneurial spirit since he was a child, and here in the country, when he lives, he has wanted to learn how to use a tractor and other work machines, Juho's sister Taru Kemppainen says.
The father of the family works as an entrepreneur in the forestry and tractor industry.
Juho intends to save the sales revenue from Puuilo.
He wants to buy his own tractor and motocross bike.
At the age of 15, Juho would like to be able to help his father with his own tractor.
- When I was big, I want to drive a tractor, do entrepreneurial jobs and buy a moped.
Snow work, tree rides and lumberjack jobs, Juho, who has just come home from school, says.
Dwarf candles are made at home, on an old farm with suitable hall and barn facilities.
Juho has been helped by the whole family and other relatives to fulfill the orders for the rest of the year.
All weekends and evenings have been spent on material acquisition and sawing.
Puuilo's first order was a thousand pieces and a second order of the same size is inside.
Juho Kemppainen, who is gaining fame with dwarf candles.
Juho's success has been celebrated among the residents and the municipal management, for which Juho and his family were congratulated.
There is not always such bright news, as unemployment and declining population are plaguing the municipality.
Juho says that the feeling is good.
The order was also a surprise to him, as was the whole family.
- The guys have caught me and one of the teachers calls me Kynttilä-boy.
- Whoever of us only goes to the local grocery store will not get out of there when all the acquaintances stop talking.
It's a great thing, Taru Kemppainen says.