Food and Beverage

Gifts That Give Back

By Leo Jakobson
July 17, 2012

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The gourmet salsas and spice rubs, fair trade coffees, and -- of course -- bean soup mixes produced by the Denver-based Women's Bean Project provide more than a delicious treat for award recipients. For the women who make them, these gourmet foods provide a ladder out of poverty and homelessness. 

Founded in 1989, the not-for-profit organization teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self-sufficiency, earning a steady wage as they work in a safe and accepting environment, and develop the skills and abilities needed to get and keep a job. The program varies in length, lasting about 6 months, depending on each individual participant's progress in reaching job readiness.

Aside from being made in Denver, all the Women's Bean Project‚ salsa mixes use locally sources spices from a farm in Durango, CO. Price points range from $4 to $10 for the gourmet food mixes to $10 to $50 for gift baskets, and $25 - $55 for handmade jewelry. Goods from the Women's Bean Project are available through Helping Hands Rewards, a non-profit created to bring social purpose businesses' merchandise into the incentive channel. 

To find an incentive rep in your company's area, contact Helping Hands Rewards at http://www.helpinghandrewards.org/about/reps.aspx
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