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Made in Colorado 2016 winner: Women's Bean Project

This nonprofit helps women learn critical job skills


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Women's Bean Project was named winner of the 2016 Made in Colorado "Most Ethically Produced " award. This Denver-based 501(c)3 nonprofit manufacturer has a serious social mission: to help women break out of poverty with entry-level jobs designed as stepping stones for long-term careers.

The company started with a dry bean soup mix but now offers everything from brownie mix to salsa, CEO Tamra Ryan says.

Another company product: Hope.

"We hire women who are chronically unemployed or impoverished," Ryan says. "We help them learn the skills they need to move to mainstream employment."

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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