Founded in 1989 when Jossy Eyre took $500 of her own money to buy beans and employ two women from the women’s shelter she worked at, Women’s Bean Project has much the same model 30 years later and is an anomaly in the business world. It is a business, one that packages and sells gourmet dry food such as bean soup mixes, baking mixes and other dry food products to stores across the U.S. and online. Tucked inside this business is a human services organization designed to provide a safe and accepting work environment where impoverished women can learn the skills required for gainful employment. Women’s Bean Project believes all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. So it hires women who have been chronically unemployed and teaches them to work by creating nourishing products. While women work at Women’s Bean Project, they learn to stand tall, find their purpose and end the cycle of poverty. At WBP, we know that when you change a woman’s life, you change her family’s life.
OPPORTUNITY: We help women help themselves. We provide opportunities for our participants to discover their talents and develop skills to join the workforce and build a better life.
SERVICE: We strive to “do well by doing good.” We are a social enterprise that believes it is a basic human right to live a stable, healthy life. We serve our supporters, partners, participants and communities by delivering quality products with innovation and efficiency.
TRANSFORMATION: Our efforts transform more than the individual woman. The seeds of hope in one-woman weave threads of success that expand to families and communities with a reach that touches individuals worldwide. From participants and customers to vendors, donors and volunteers, their transformations make a difference.
EMPOWERMENT: Using the tools we provide, women are empowered to change their lives. Our supporters are empowered with the knowledge that they have contributed, not only to the self-worth and self-sufficiency of disadvantaged women, but also to the broad-reaching benefits our communities reap.
SUSTAINABILITY: Instead of a one-time handout, women acquire the tools needed to sustain themselves and their families for a lifetime. We believe in nurturing economic sustainability for our program participants and partners, being ever-mindful of our impact on the environment.