The Nashville based non-profit, Harvest Hands has created two social enterprises providing hope and changing the lives of teens in South Nashville. “WOW! Soap” and “Humphreys Street Coffee” provide training and employment for junior high and high school students in this Nashville community. This training creates a can-do mindset for the teens by teaching them valuable life skills.
These programs give youth a fair paying wage and a positive environment to thrive in. Typically, teens come in after school to complete their designated tasks. In the summer, when these young employees have more free time, they are also able to participate in fitness, cooking, and business classes in addition to doing their jobs. These programs keep teens busy learning new skills, and creates strong bonds within the group.
These social enterprises see positive results as the students grow together. Several of these kids have gone on to college and moved on to other jobs. Life and business skills taught at “WOW! Soap” and Humphreys Street Coffee prepare these young adults for the future.
My friends at Humphreys Street Coffee shared their coffee with me, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also tried the “WOW! Soap” but had difficulty choosing. All the soap smelled wonderful, but the Bonsai Soap’s clean, refreshing scent is the perfect ‘wake-me-up’ for the morning. The soaps are $6 each or four for $20 in stores. Bagged coffee starts at $10.
Humphreys Street also recycles the bags coffee beans are shipped in, by training employees to create and sew book bags from this material. These upcycled bags are sold at the Humphreys Street Coffee store in South Nashville, along with bags of coffee, coffee mugs, shirts, and “WOW! Soap”.
Both social enterprises participate in local vendor fairs and involve their teen employees in these events. The youth interact with customers and showcase their business skills. Customers are able interact with these aspiring teens and learn about the program and the products.
Not local to Nashville? Don’t worry! I’ve linked the online store below. Learn more and support these two wonderful social enterprises.