Women’s Bean Project – Sometimes a Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen

More than a hill of beans…

  • Since 1989 we have been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. We are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in our gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency.

Our Mission:

  • To change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.

Our Vision:

  • Women’s Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities.

  • With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families, and create stronger role models for future generations.

Our History

  • Jossy Eyre founded the Women’s Bean Project in 1989 as a result of her volunteer work at a day shelter for homeless women. Eyre saw that while the shelter kept women safe, if could not help them make lasting changes in their lives. Eyre bought $500 worth of beans and put two homeless women to work – the first step in building the social enterprise we are today. Our training opportunities have expanded dramatically over the years, and annual operating budget has grown from $6,100 to over $1.5 million

Information and media taken from Women’s Bean Project website @ http://www.womensbeanproject.com/whatwedo.html

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