Behind each product is the story of a woman in the midst of transformation.
DENVER – OCTOBER 1, 2015 – For the first time since fighting a federal case, Brianna seems to be doing everything right. She’s now created a more stable living environment for her children and is taking classes to earn her GED. In the future she wants to go to college to become a child psychologist and give her children the life she knows they deserve. For now, she is focused on learning everything she can at Women’s Bean Project, where she will gain the necessary job skills and life skills she’ll need to raise her children and ensure their – and her own – success.
A Denver-based social enterprise and active SEA member, Women’s Bean Project employs Brianna and 40 women like her to prepare gourmet soup, baking mixes, spice and salsa mixes and a variety of other specialty items. This holiday season, Walmart has chosen Women’s Bean Project’s One Soup and Cornbread Gift Bundle to be a part of their product mix in 5 markets, placing the largest purchase order in Bean Project history.
Starting November 1st, customers in California, Colorado, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania can visit a Walmart store to purchase the Bean Project’s One Soup and Cornbread Gift Bundle. “Since 2013, Women’s Bean Project products have been available on Walmart.com. This is the latest development in a partnership with Walmart that has come out of their Empowering Women Together Initiative,” said Tamra Ryan, CEO of Women’s Bean Project. “We are thrilled to report that this order for Walmart stores has allowed us to hire more women than ever before in our transitional job training program. The work experience and life skills we provide at Women’s Bean Project help graduates go on to lead successful, self-sufficient and fulfilling lives.”
The women served by Women’s Bean Project have faced multiple personal and economic barriers to self-sufficiency. More than just a job, the Bean Project helps instill this self-reliance through on-the-job training, and ensures long term success for its participants through personal development services, equipping her to get – and keep – a career entry-level job after she graduates the program.
Women earn a steady paycheck, stabilize their lives and develop solid, transferable work skills while producing its products. Whether it’s a gourmet gift basket or bundle or a piece of handmade jewelry, each purchase gives a woman hope.
Every dollar from product sales supports the women employed by Women’s Bean Project.
About Women’s Bean Project
Women’s Bean Project is a nationally-recognized social enterprise that has created transitional employment in gourmet food and handcrafted jewelry manufacturing for chronically impoverished and unemployed women since 1989. Women’s Bean Project provides immediate income, arranges support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teaches the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job. Products made by Women’s Bean Project include handcrafted jewelry and gourmet mixes for bean soup, chili, cookies, brownies, cornbread and more and are sold on womensbeanproject.com, Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Walmart.com and in 1,000 stores across the United States. Annual operating revenue has grown from $6,100 to $2.2 million. Roughly seventy percent of revenue comes from its product sales; the remaining 30 percent comes from donations and grants to support the non-revenue generating program life skills classes. For more information, call 303.292.1919 or visit www.womensbeanproject.com.