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Escaping poverty one soup bean at a time

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Published on November 28, 2019 - Duration: 02:09s

Escaping poverty one soup bean at a time

Poverty, drugs, prison.

Three things that go hand-in-hand.

If you’re a woman, addicted, abused and poor … the likelihood of you or your children breaking the vicious cycle is almost impossible.

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Escaping poverty one soup bean at a time

THREE THINGS THAT GOHAN━I━HAND.

IF YOU'RE AWOMAN, ADDICTED, ABUSED ANDPOOR..

THE LIKELIHOOD OF YOUOR YOUR CHILDREN BREAKING THEVICIOUS CYCLE IS ALMOSTIMPOSSIBLE.

BUT TONIGHT, WMAR2 NEWS' MEGAN KNIGHT SHOWS HOWONE COMPANY IS HELPING WOMENNOT JUST SURVIVE, BUT THRIVE,BY TEACHING THEM LIFE SKILLON THE MANUFACTURING FLOOR.(“Hell”) (:01) “Goodafternoo”) (: 01) REBECCA ANDRENEE SPEND THEIR DAYS INSIDECALL CENTERS & THANKLESS JOBSTHAT BOTH ARE INCREDIBLYTHANKFUL TO HAVE.“I was anaddict of methamphetamines for36 years” (:04)“My drug ofchoice was methamphetamines”(: 01) BOTH BELIEVE THEY MAYNOT HAVE MADE IT ON THEOUTSIDE IF IT WASNTHEY RECEIVED INSIDE THEWOMENHERE WHERE WOMEN ARE TRAINEDTO NOT ONLY MAKE, FILL, WEIGHAND PACK DRIED SOUPS AND OTHERGOURMET GOODIES &“They saidyoutools that you need to be ableto be successful and walk outof here with your head heldhigh and to be a betterwoman” (: 07)“Wethings like life problemsolving and goal setting andbudgeting and planning” (:04)THEY GET ELEVEN DOLLARS ANDTEN CENTS AN HOUR.

SEVENTYPERCENT OF THEIR PAID TIME ISSPENT ON THE PRODUCTION FLOOR.THE REST IN CLASSES.“Ittaught me structure,stability, it taughtsupport, confidence” (: 03)“Most importantly, I thinkwetheybetter life” (:04) THIRTYYEARS AGO, THE BEAN PROJECTSTARTED AS A FOOD MANUFACTURERWITH ONE SOUP MIX AND AMISSION TO HELP WOMEN.

TODAY,50 DIFFERENT FOODS ARE IN ATHOUSAND STORES ACROSS THECOUNTRY&“The great thing iswhen they purchase ourproduct, what they know isthat there is a woman behindthat product whose life isbeing changed” (:05)“Employment really is the keyto breaking out of poverty andstaying out of prison” (:03)“My future is bright” (: 01)AFTER NINE MONTHS REBECCAGRADUATED, GOT A JOB OUTSIDETHE BEAN PROJECT.

FOUR YEARSLATER &“I am Rebecca and Ilove being clean and sober”(:04) THE WOMENHAS A STRICT NO DRUG POLICY.SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE WOMENWHO START WORKING THERE FOLLOWIT THROUGH TO THE END ANDGRADUATE.

NINET━THREE PERCENTOF THOSE WOMEN ARE STILLEMPLOYED A YEAR LATER.

IF YOUWOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THISPROJECT, WE HAVE MOREINFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITEW━━━R 2 NEWS DOT COM UNDERTHE LIFESTYLE SECTION.NO C

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