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Cool Beans! May 25, 2010

Posted by franciecooper in life coaching, life lessons, Uncategorized.
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This past weekend we had house guests from Denver, Colorado who brought a great hostess gift – beans!

“So,” you might be wondering, “why in the world is Francie telling me about beans?” Because these aren’t just plain, ordinary beans – these are special beans. They come from a wonderful non-profit in Denver called the Women’s Bean Project. Here’s a little history:

Jossy Eyre, a social worker, founded the Women’s Bean Project in 1989 as a result of her volunteer work at a day shelter for homeless women. Eyre saw that while the shelter kept women safe, it couldn’t help them make lasting changes in their lives. Around that same time, Eyre noticed that her friends were changing their eating habits and eating more beans than meat, so she had a brilliant idea! She took $500 of her own money, bought a mountain of beans, and put homeless women to work, packaging bean soup. It was the first step in building the $1.7 million social enterprise it is today.

Their product offerings have expanded to include salsa mixes, spice rubs, coffee beans and jelly beans in addition to soups and chili, along with gift baskets, baking mixes and much more. You can see the inner workings of the Women’s Bean Project in this clip from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

This story is, to me, a shining example of the difference one person can make. I hope it inspires you as much as it has inspired me.



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