Women’s Bean Project

Mission

The mission of Women’s Bean Project is to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. It is a business, one that packages and sells bean soup mixes, baking mixes and other dry food products to stores across the U.S. and online. But 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.

Impact

Women’s Bean Projects (WBP) provide opportunities for our participants to discover their talents and develop skills to join the workforce and build a better life. WBP 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.  Instead of a one-time handout, women acquire the tools needed to sustain themselves and their families for a lifetime.

Women’s Bean Project works with disadvantaged women to provide them needed job skills and training to reclaim and reorient their lives.

The combined cost of a criminal conviction and one year of incarceration can exceed $70,000. Women’s Bean Project’s program, by comparison, costs just $18,000, including wages.

Women’s Bean Project always aims to be sustainable both in their social enterprise model and their commitment to protective environmental practices. 

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  • dill spice blend
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    Dill Spice Blend

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    This dip is so refreshing and great on fresh vegetables such as celery, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower or your favorite chips or crackers. Just blend with 16 oz. of sour cream and dip in. Also great to infuse in butter and use as a tasty complement to your favorite fish dish. Also great to use as a dip for chicken tenders, as a salad dressing or as a dry rub for pork. Ingredients: dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic, spices: dill weed, parsley. No preservatives.
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  • garlic herb spice blend
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    Garlic and Herb Spice Blend

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    This is a great dip for fresh vegetables, chips, pita bread or crackers.  It can also be used for infused butter which makes toasted garlic cheese bread taste so yummy. Or try as a dry rub for pork.
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  • southwest salsa spice blen
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    Southwest Salsa Spice Blend

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    With just a touch of cilantro, roll inside flour tortillas or spread with cream cheese and salsa. Add salsa mix to fajitas, beef brisket, tacos, and eggs for additional flavor and taste. Also makes a flavorful guacamole. Ingredients: medium red chili, onion, red chili powder, sea salt, garlic, cumin. No preservatives.
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  • salsa spice blend
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    Medium Salsa Spice Blend

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    Add diced or chopped tomatoes, sour cream and our spices to make a flavorful salsa dip or add to tacos or chicken or beef fajitas for a flavorful meal!
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    Lentil Soup Mix

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    Use our Lentil Soup Mix as a base and add vegetables, meat or pasta to bulk it up, or make it on it's own for a healthy yet flavorful side dish. Based in Denver, the Women's Bean Project works to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.  Ingredients: brown lentils, yellow split peas, red lentils, salt, spices (celery seed ground, black pepper, thyme), dehydrated garlic, sugar, dehydrated onion, and dehydrated tomato.
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  • 10 bean soup mix
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    10 Bean Soup Mix

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    This colorful mix of 10 beans is nutritious and hearty soup that'll feed the whole family! Add vegetables, tomatoes, garlic and ham if you want. Easy to follow directions make this a go-to dinner staple all winter long! Makes a big pot of 7 meal-size servings. Based in Denver, the Women's Bean Project works to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.  Ingredients: polished black beans, black eye peas, green split peas, brown lentils, great northern beans, pinto beans, red lentils, small red chili beans, yellow split peas, garbanzo beans, parsley, salt, dehydrated vegetables (garlic, spinach, tomato, onion), spices (celery seed, white pepper, basil, oregano, rosemary, red pepper, thyme, tarragon), paprika and turmeric (for color).
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  • old fashioned chili mix, womens bean project chili mix
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    Old Fashioned Chili Soup Mix

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    Mildly spiced with cumin and chili pepper, you’ll love the comfortable, homey flavor of our Old Fashioned Chili. Just add tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic and ground meat if you prefer! The Women's Bean Project works to change women’s lives in Denver, CO by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.  Ingredients: Ingredients: Small red chili beans, spices: cumin, chili powder, parsley, and salt.
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  • firehouse chili mix, womens bean project chili
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    Firehouse #10 Hot Chili Soup Mix

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    Our spicy combination of chipotle and crushed red pepper three-bean chili has the perfect kick. It has just enough flavor for any chili lover. Named after the old Denver Fire Department Firehouse #10 where the Women's Bean Project is housed. Women's Bean Project works to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.  Ingredients: Small red chili beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, spices: chipotle, chili powder, cumin, parsley, crushed red peppers and salt.
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  • Blue Popcorn
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    Blue Popcorn with Salted Caramel Seasoning

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    Our specialty-sourced blue popcorn kernels deliver a delectable flavor and are perfectly paired with Salted Caramel Seasoning. Simply heat the recommended specialty oil on the stove or air popper, and add the recommended Amish popcorn kernels. Pop to perfection and finish with a dusting of our custom seasoning blend for an extraordinary snacking experience
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  • white popcorn
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    White Popcorn with Garlic Parmesan Seasoning

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    Our specialty-sourced white popcorn kernels deliver a delectable flavor and are perfectly paired with Garlic Parmesan Seasoning. Simply heat the recommended specialty oil on the stove or air popper, and add the recommended Amish popcorn kernels. Pop to perfection and finish with a dusting of our custom seasoning blend for an extraordinary snacking experience.
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  • biscuit mix blueberry jam
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    Biscuit Mix with Blueberry Jam

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    Bring the warm scent of homemade biscuits into your kitchen with this ready-to-make premium biscuit mix! Simply add water, boil and bake. Then while the biscuits are baking, add water to the culinary-inspired jam mix made with dried fruit, spices, and agar agar. The slightly tart jam perfectly compliments the sweet biscuits. Based in Denver, the Women's Bean Project works to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. 
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  • biscuit mix black currant jam
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    Biscuit Mix with Black Currant Jam

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    Bring the warm scent of homemade biscuits into your kitchen with this ready-to-make premium biscuit mix! Simply add water, boil and bake. Then while the biscuits are baking, add water to the culinary-inspired jam mix made with dried fruit, cardamom, and agar agar. The slightly tart jam perfectly compliments the sweet biscuits. Based in Denver, the Women's Bean Project works to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. 
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  • biscuit mix red berry jam
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    Biscuit Mix with Red Berry Jam

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    Bring the warm scent of homemade biscuits into your kitchen with this ready-to-make premium biscuit mix! Simply add water, boil and bake. Then while the biscuits are baking, add water to the culinary-inspired jam mix made with dried fruit, spices, and agar agar. The slightly tart jam perfectly compliments the sweet biscuits. Based in Denver, the Women's Bean Project works to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. 
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    The Third Law

    The Third Law was written by the founder of Women's Bean Project, a Denver-based non-profit working with women to break the cycle of poverty. "According to Newton’s third law of motion, for every action there is an equal an opposite reaction. The Third Law shows us that even as women work to change their lives there forces pushing back on that change, societal obstacles that must be overcome and internal demons that must be squelched. It explores what is required for chronically unemployed and impoverished women to create new lives for themselves. Most of all, the book argues for a more compassionate view of recovering addicts, convicted felons, and victims of domestic abuse."
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    Peanut Butter All-Natural Dog Biscuits

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    Give your dog as much love as they give you. Our all natural, peanut butter oven-baked, handcrafted dog biscuits provide a healthy and delicious treat for your dog. Made with all natural products. 5 oz. package. Ingredients: garbanzo flour, oat flour, natural peanut butter, water, pumpkin, and eggs.
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    Chicken All-Natural Dog Biscuits

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    Give your dog as much love as they give you. Our all natural chicken, oven-baked, handcrafted dog biscuits provide a healthy and delicious treat for your dog. Made with all natural products. 5 oz. package. Ingredients: garbanzo flour, oat flour, water, unsalted butter, pumpkin, eggs and natural chicken base.
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    Rainbow Popcorn with Pink Himalayan Salt & Black Pepper Seasoning

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    Our specialty-sourced rainbow popcorn kernels deliver a delectable flavor and are perfectly paired with Pink Himalayan Salt & Black Pepper Seasoning. Simply heat the recommended specialty oil on the stove or air popper, and add the recommended Amish popcorn kernels. Pop to perfection and finish with a dusting of our custom seasoning blend for an extraordinary snacking experience.
    $6.50
    $6.50

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