100 Stores, 100 Stories

Founded 1,989
Women's Bean Project
Job Skills & Training
Poverty Alleviation
Women & Girls
Economic Development
Non-Profit Social Enterprise
We are a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.
The Women's Bean Project Impact Story
In 1989, our founder, Jossy Eyre, was volunteering at a daytime women’s shelter in Denver, CO. She realized that while the shelter kept the women safe, it could not help them make lasting changes in their lives. To help the women achieve independence and self-sufficiency, she needed to provide an opportunity to experience the dignity of work by learning how to get – and keep – a job. She invested $500 of her own money and put two women to work; the start of the social enterprise we are today.

Now our revenue is more than $2M per year and our products are sold in nearly 1,000 stores nationwide as well as online.

Our program offers wrap-around support to the women we hire. While women are in the program, they receive on-the-job training as a production assistant in our food manufacturing business, career services, classroom work that focuses on a life skills and individualized case management.
Jossy Eyre
Founder of Women's Bean Project