During the 6-9 month program enrollment, each woman works 38.75 paid hours per week. Women work in the businesses operated by Women’s Bean Project and produce gourmet food, gift baskets and bundles and handcrafted limited-edition jewelry that are sold nationally. Women also work in other aspects of program operations such as reception, customer service, production, shipping and receiving and data entry.
Program Participants are treated as employees and have performance reviews, incentives and sanctions structured into the program. Additionally, intensive supervision, regular mentoring, coaching and peer support serve to teach women the fundamental job-readiness skills required by employers.
About 70% of each woman’s time in the program is devoted to learning the fundamental workplace competencies required by employers, such as attendance, punctuality, work-ethic and attention to detail.