In 2010, Chaka lost her mother and fell into a deep depression. While working in home healthcare, Chaka made a horrible choice that cost her job and heartache among her family and children. Nobody would hire her for more than two years, until one day when she got a call from Women’s Bean Project. Meet Elizabeth, who had no positive role models growing up and a long list of felony convictions. She thought she’d be nothing but a drug dealer her whole life and then she walked through the doors of Women’s Bean Project.
Women’s Bean Project is a social enterprise that offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing and handmade jewelry assembly designed to provide immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job. Program participants come to this transitional employment program from backgrounds of chronic unemployment and poverty, and the program helps them develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently in the workplace and community. After nine months,they transition into career entry-level jobs – often for the first time in their lives.
Businesses like Women’s Bean Project have shown that for every dollar spent, the return to society is $2.23. Women’s Bean Project is a win-win-win for the women, their families and our society.