social enterprise


When it’s time to change: A word from our CEO

Twenty-seven years ago, Women’s Bean Project was founded with a simple idea: that teaching women to work while actually working was the cure for poverty. The reaction from our community when we started was interest in the novelty of what we were doing, but little belief we could make much of it. In the beginning, we were a mission that happened to have a

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

I never grew up knowing someone who served time in jail or prison. I only knew of my healthy family, which gave me endless support to follow my dreams. I lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, in a safe neighborhood where children could ride their bikes past dark and not have to worry. Now, I know multiple women who have been incarcerated. I know women who

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I am Women’s Bean Project: Aminah

Before Women’s Bean Project, I felt hopeless and not hireable. I heard about Women’s Bean Project by word of mouth and decided to pursue employment there to get help getting back into the workforce. Some of my favorite parts of the program were Dress for Success and my mentor. I realized there was opportunity to improve my resume writing and interview skills. Women’s Bean

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Second Chances

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

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Highway to Hope: A Mother’s Blessing

My name is Amber and I would like to start this note by saying thank you for this opportunity. The most amazing part of this blessing is the timing of it. I’d like to share a little bit about myself and my situation. I am 37 years old and have many parts of a past. I was released 8 months ago from Denver Women’s

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My WBP Story – Nancy

This is Nancy and thanks to you, her future is bright. We love to see how your support has changed the lives of the women we serve and helped create new futures – for themselves, their families, their communities and our economy. Nancy, one of our 2013 graduates stopped by the Bean Project recently to say hello and share how happy she is and

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My Dream for the Future of Women’s Bean Project

What did you dream of when you were 25? What did you imagine for your life? What were the possibilities of your future? At 25 we all dreamed of the promise of our futures. Most of us had no idea how things would turn out. I know none of the women who come to the Women’s Bean Project dreamed of addiction or incarceration for

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25 Years of Changing Women’s Lives – A Word from our CEO

2014 marks Women’s Bean Project’s 25th anniversary. A lot has changed since 1989 when Jossy Eyre first imagined a safe and accepting work environment for women, bought $500 of beans and put two women to work making Toni’s 10 Bean Soup.   Much has changed since the Bean Project was founded: The work world has changed. In 1989 only 40 percent of all female workers

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Earth Day 2014 – Our Commitment to a Sustainable Community

Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Today – Earth Day 2014 – will seek to do just that through its global theme:

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My WBP Story – Rita

Before starting at the Bean Project, I felt lonely because I didn’t know anyone in Colorado. I moved to Colorado from California because I wanted a better environment for my two girls. I struggled with depression and anxiety and didn’t have a job so I started job searching and heard about Women’s Bean Project and applied. Before coming to the Bean Project, I had never worked alongside

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