I've discovered long ago that the way to my husband's heart is definitely through his stomach. Unfortunately for him, I'm not the greatest cook. I love it when I can whip him up something savory, but usually, I need a little help in order to do so.
The Women's Bean Project has an entire host of soup mixes, dip mixes, bread mixes, iced tea, marinades, rubs and sweets, all guaranteed to fill your belly with hearty goodness. But what I came to learn is that these gifts will also fill your heart with warmth when you discover that your purchase is helping to break the cycle of poverty while building a stronger community. Keep reading to learn more!
The Women's Bean Project is a social enterprise that offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing designed to provide immediate income, arrange support services to overcome barriers to employment, and teach the job readiness skills needed to get and keep a job. Program participants come from backgrounds of chronic unemployment and poverty, and the program helps them develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently in the workplace and community.
But the Women's Bean Project does not hire women to make and sell bean products. We make and sell bean products to hire women.
Women produce the goods that are sold nationwide as they develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently and effectively in the workplace and community.
The Women's Bean Project:
- Meets basic needs and removes barriers to employment by paying a wage and facilitating support services
- Offers life skills that enhance a woman's ability to govern her own life
- Arranges services that increase employability such as GED and computer classes
- Provide hands-on training in the fundamental job readiness skills required by entry-level employers
I had the opportunity to review the large Entertaining Basket, which contained a whole myriad of yummy mixes, rubs and tea. All of the items listed below were beautifully wrapped in a dark brown wicker basket and adorned with a lovely bow. I can't think of a better housewarming or office party gift, for all of the mixes smelled wonderful and tasted even better.
- Old Fashioned Chili Mix
- Dillicious Dill Dip Mix
- PJ's Smoky Tomato Dip Mix
- Garlic and Herb Dix Mix
- Green Chili Salsa Mix
- Southwest Salsa Mix
- Medium Original Salsa Mix
- Hot Original Salsa Mix
- Uncle Bob's BBQ spice rub
- Malaysian Spice Rub
- Golden Cornbread Mix
- Rasberry Lemongrass Tea Mix
- Mango Peach Tea Mix
What I especially loved about the selections included in the Women's Bean Project Entertaining Basket, was that all of the recipes were printed right on the packaging and required very few ingredients, most of which we already had in the refrigerator or pantry. Some of the mixes, like the Old Fashioned Mild Chili Mix, were a little more involved and required more ingredients, but I have no doubt that once I have the chance to prepare them, they are going to taste superb.
I also really liked seeing the individual labels on some of the mixes which listed a different lady's name. The label read, "lovingly handmade by...(name)", and whoever prepared that particular mix had handwritten their name on the label. This just reaffirmed how important and life-changing the Women's Bean Project is for these women who have experienced chronic unemployment, poverty or difficult life situations. It made me feel wonderful to know that their lives were in the process of changing for the better while they learned valuable job skills and earned money for their families.
If you want to buy a unique and tasty food gift for yourself or someone you love, then I highly recommend shopping at the Women's Bean Project. Their gourmet food and handmade jewelry will tantalize and delight the recipient as well as help break the cycle of poverty for some deserving women and their families.
Disclosure: I received the Entertaining Basket from Women's Bean Project, Inc. in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!