Women's Bean Project

To change women's lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.

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WBP Program




Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed


1. Removing Barriers to Employment

Stabilization Services:

Immediately after intake, facilitate access to services to meet basic needs:

--Child care
--Health care

2. Services to Improve Employability:

Weekly life skills and life coaching classes support growth in self-confidence & personal responsibility:

--Planning & organizing
--Money management
--Health promotion

And impart crucial tools needed for employment:

--Computer skills
--Adult Numeracy and Literacy
--Leadership skills
--Job search techniques
--Resume preparation

3. Fundamental Job Readiness Training:

Through work in our hands-on gourmet food and jewelry manufacturing businesses, women learn the skills that employers say they are not getting in entry-level applicants:

--Attendance & Punctuality
--Respect for authority
--Quality control
--Positive attitude
--Willingness to learn

4. Career Entry-Level Job Placement

Participants receive individualized job placement services:

--Realistic Career Choices
--Job Search Techniques
--Attributes Important to Employers
--Interviewing Skills
--Job Placement Assistance
--Follow-up Services


Evidence of Program's Success

Of the women served...

80% eliminated barriers to employment and enhanced employability through skills attained

61% graduated with fundamental workplace competencies

85% of graduates secured career entry-level employment at an average wage of $14.07 per hour

100% were still employed at 12 months

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