What We Do


Women’s Bean Project is a nationally-recognized social enterprise that has created transitional employment in gourmet food and jewelry manufacturing for chronically unemployed and impoverished women for 25 years. Our business is designed to provide immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness and life skills needed to find and keep employment.

Women’s Bean Project strives to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women learn to work by working. Women work in our gourmet food manufacturing and jewelry manufacturing businesses while earning a steady paycheck and learning the work and life skills needed to function independently and effectively in the workplace and community.

Our community is enriched when we reduce chronic unemployment and dependence on assistance, and equip women to lead productive, self-sufficient lives.

Women’s Bean Project:

  • Meets basic needs and removes barriers to employment by paying a wage and facilitating support services.
  • Offers life skills that enhance a woman’s ability to govern her own life.
  • Arranges services that increase employability such as GED, computer classes, professional development, resume development and interview skills.
  • Provides hands-on training in the fundamental job readiness skills required by entry-level employers.

With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families and overcome barriers to employment; creating a new future – for themselves, their families, our community and our economy.

The tools gained during their employment at the Bean Project empower women to create better lives for themselves, provide their families with hope, and contribute to a stronger community.

~Tamra Ryan, CEO