The Women's Bean Project- Colorado
Since 1989, Women's Bean Project has strived to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by helping women discover their talents and develop skills by offering job readiness training opportunities. They offer a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing designed to provide immediate income. The program helps them develop the work and interpersonal skills needed to function independently in the workplace and community. With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families, and create stronger role models for future generations.
Since 1992, Maggie's Organics has manufactured apparel and accessories made from certified organic fibers while utilizing fair labor practices. Maggie's is proud that their post-harvest production methods use minimal chemical inputs. Their efforts in fair trade have led to the creation of a worker-owned cooperative in Nicaragua. Maggie's Organics began by being conscious of what happens to the Earth as a result of cultivating cotton. They then realized that they must also be conscious of who is sewing their fabric and how the success of the business affects their lives. As a result, they now believe that environmental sustainability is not possible without social responsibility.