Jewelry speaks to humans’ fundamental drive to ornament themselves, the same impulse that explains tattoos, powdered wigs, and sweaters woven from strands of Christmas-tree lights. Follow your instincts with this Grassroots campaign: for $15, you get $20 worth of jewelry and gourmet fare from Women's Bean Project.
Women’s Bean Project works to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment among women and single mothers with significant barriers to success, such as felony convictions, chronic poverty, and past drug addictions. To do this, it established a six-month job-training program where participants can gain the skills necessary for mainstream employment. Within a safe, accepting environment, the women identify and build their talents while producing gourmet food and jewelry with the aid of professional designers.
Women's Bean Project's online gourmet food shop entices with snacks such as a jar of chocolate-covered espresso beans ($5.75) or a southwest-salsa mix ($3.75). The handmade jewelry collections feature bracelets and necklaces strung with rare pearls and stones, including the Dramatic Effect necklace ($25), on which coated crystal beads hang from three brass chains.
While the participants craft these gifts, they focus on three components: coming to work on time and staying on task, personal-goal setting and problem solving, and skill tracks that include reception, public speaking, and accounting. Women’s Bean Project also helps women access services such as housing and childcare at the start of the program. After participants have completed six months and tested their capabilities, they can further their education or apply for full-time work. Many have gained stable employment at local businesses including Wells Fargo bank and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.