Women's Bean Project
Women's Bean Project is a non-profit organization that helps at-risk women break the cycle of chronic poverty and unemployment. Your purchase provides these women with skills training and income, replacing the effects of demoralizing poverty with self-confidence and hope. It also supports small, local farmers, from whom ingredients are sourced.
Facing starvation, terror, and trauma during Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Josepha Eyre faced profound fear and hopelessness. Years later, she recognized a similar hopelessness among the homeless women she met as a volunteer at The Gathering Place in Denver, Colorado. Realizing that a shelter could keep women safe, but not make lasting changes in their lives, Eyre purchased $500 of beans in 1989 and put two homeless women to work making bean soup. Today Women's Bean Project is an anomaly in the business world. Preparing, packaging, and selling bean soup mixes, baking mixes, and other dry food products, it provides a safe and accepting work environment where impoverished women can learn the skills required for gainful employment. With the goal of self-sufficiency, the organization empowers women to create better lives for themselves, provide their families with hope, and contribute to a stronger community.
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