The Bean Blog


Standing tall and finding purpose through employment

At Women’s Bean Project we believe that all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. So we hire women who are chronically unemployed and we teach them to work by making nourishing products. They learn to stand tall, find their purpose and break the cycle of poverty. Because when you change a woman’s life, you change her family’s life. Every woman

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It’s more than a warm bowl of soup

January is declared National Soup Month. It’s also the kick off to many exciting things for Women’s Bean Project and for our customers! That’s why it’s the perfect time to reminisce and celebrate with us with a warm bowl of our healthy, hearty soup or chili. It’s one of America’s favorite comfort foods through the long, cold days of winter which makes January one

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Running a better Social Enterprise has allowed our mission to grow

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 business. As a

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I am Women’s Bean Project: Charlotte

My name is Charlotte and I am Women’s Bean Project. I come from a hard background. I was born a full blown heroin baby and was on Methadone until I was 8 years old. By about 10, I was off of Methadone and started smoking pot and drinking. That’s when my uncle began shooting me up with cocaine so that he and other family members could have power over me

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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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I am Women’s Bean Project: Tristan

I started using drugs at the age of 37 and my children were taken away from me by social services. I went to prison and now live in a halfway house. This is where I heard about Women’s Bean Project and all the programs and support they are able to provide in helping women to get on the right track. I didn’t think I

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I am Women’s Bean Project: Katie

Hello, my name is Katie. My journey to Women’s Bean Project started at the moment of my conception. As I know it, my mother attended a New Year’s Eve party when she was 16. In her words, she was raped and months later learned she was pregnant. I was conceived by an act of violation and born into a family of untreated mental illness. As

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I am Women’s Bean Project: Lorraine

Prior to coming to the Women’s Bean Project I couldn’t keep a job because of my addictions to drugs and alcohol. This served as a barrier to me gaining stable employment, along with not having a stable place to live and my constant search for happiness. At the Bean Project I was able to talk about my feelings and felt empowered through the opportunities I

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