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Women’s Bean Project Hosts Fall Fashionista Jewelry Party

Ms. Colorado State America 2013 fashions limited-edition handmade jewelry at Women’s Bean Project!
DENVER, CO, Oct. 22, 2013 – Women’s Bean Project partners with recently crowned Ms. Colorado State America 2013, Michelle Marie to showcase its Lovingly Handmade, limited-edition jewelry line at an open house event on November 12, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Women’s Bean Project’s headquarters located at 3201 Curtis Street in Denver.
Three years ago, Women’s Bean Project searched for a way to reach more women and create more jobs; hence they launched their jewelry line.  The jewelry, like the soups, baking mixes, spice rubs, salsa and dip mixes and gourmet gift baskets and bundles, are Lovingly Handmade by the program participants. The complete jewelry line contains more than 70 limited-edition pieces – necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and prices range from $12 to $38.
Each piece features a silver charm with a bean etched on it at the clasp, reminding the person wearing it that it was handmade by a program participant at Women’s Bean Project.
Charmed Necklace, $33.75 Retail
To date, more than 30 additional women have been hired to learn artisan skills from two jewelry designers to craft beautiful, limited-edition, affordable pieces. These women may not have had the chance to create a successful future if not for the power of this new business. It has allowed the Bean Project to change more lives by employing more women and teaching them the job readiness and life skills needed to more toward self-sufficiency.  “As a result of the jewelry business, we have the ability to broaden our product offerings and engage existing customers, reach new ones, increase sales, and ultimately increase our impact on the community,” said Tamra Ryan, CEO of Women’s Bean Project.
Brilliance Necklace, $25 Retail
About Women’s Bean Project
Women’s Bean Project is a social enterprise that employs chronically impoverished and unemployed women through a transitional job in gourmet food and handcrafted jewelry manufacturing to receive immediate income, and helps them earn the job readiness, interpersonal and life skills needed to overcome barriers to employment and work towards self-sufficiency; creating a new future – for themselves, their families, our community and our economy.
Products made by Women’s Bean Project over the last 25 years include handcrafted, limited-edition jewelry and gourmet food items for bean soup, chili, cookies and brownies, corn bread, dips, mixes, salsas, gluten-free items, and more. Products are sold through www.womensbeanproject.com, as well as through various online retailers www.amazon.com, www.overstock.com, www.walmart.com Empowering Women Together initiative, and stores across the United States.  Annual operating revenue has grown from $6,100 to $2.2 million.
About Michelle Marie, Ms. Colorado State America 2013
Michelle Marie is a Colorado based philanthropic leader and public speaker who has devoted her life to volunteerism and mentoring young women on giving back to their communities and building self-esteem.  Currently she is the reigning Ms. Colorado State America and hopes to use her title to promote her platform of helping women of all ages find their inner beauty.
Suffering from anorexia, bulimia and living through an attempted suicide as an international runway model, Michelle hopes to use her experience in the modeling industry and her passion for philanthropy to simply make a positive difference in the life of others. In her career as a model, philanthropist, mc, spokesperson and public speaker, Michelle has appeared on radio, television, billboards and in print in over 10 different states for her community efforts and her ongoing business ventures.

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