“Empowerment happens when you give someone a chance.” —Tamra Ryan
Women’s Bean Project in Denver, Colorado, proves that empowerment happens when you give someone a chance. This human services organization tucked inside a business has been giving women who struggle against insurmountable barriers chances for empowerment since 1989.
Real Work. Real Food. Real Promise.
“Women blossom when they experience success in a safe and accepting environment,” says Tamra Ryan, CEO of Women’s Bean Project. Tamra goes on to explain that the organization’s focus on real work, food and promise is taught via workforce and personal development. Women typically come into the program facing multiple barriers against self-empowerment. These barriers include poverty, lack of job skills, felony records, substance abuse, violence, lack of housing and having no high school diploma or GED. Hired for a six to nine month stint into a real job manufacturing real food, (gourmet bean soups, baking mixes, seasonings, teas and coffee) the women spend 70% of their paid time working and 30% in an educational program working on the real promise pieces of skill building, problem solving and personal development. Tamra says success comes from “the power of believing in someone and believing that the past is past and it’s time to focus on the future.”