Total loan: $10,000


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Morro Bay, CA, United States / Food

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A loan helped a women-owned business increase capacity of our bean-based, vegan, gluten-free bars and nuggets.

Patricia's story

A couple of years ago, as a mid-50s mother of two teens, I (Patty) found myself struggling to incorporate healthy foods into my busy life. On top of that, I got a bad report from a blood panel--my cholesterol was elevated and I also had digestive and weight issues. Meanwhile, my longtime friend, Caroline, who had overcome her own addiction to sugary foods by adopting a high-nutrient vegan diet, kept encouraging me to eat more beans. As a nutrition coach, she has always shared her knowledge and sound data to support her recommendations. Caroline was always making something tasty out of beans, like her surprisingly delicious bean cakes (sweetened with dates and other fruit). I started experimenting, too. I added white beans to my morning oatmeal and black beans to my lunch salad, but when it came to the afternoon munchies, I had nowhere to turn. My work environment offered an abundance of unhealthy choices such as the donuts and cookies that I faced at every turn. That’s when I proposed the idea to Caroline to make a bean bar! We created 5 delicious flavors of Wellbean bars and recently 3 new flavors in bite-sized nuggets. Now, when my energy flags in the afternoon and I want to snack, I turn to our nutrition bars or nuggets, which gives me a half serving of beans and literally saves me from the tempting junk food! Knowing that many others have similar health struggles, we started our business to provide people with a convenient and tasty way to eat more beans and add other whole-foods into their diet for health and well-being. Since legumes (beans) have many health benefits and are a food with the greatest association with longevity, we want people to EAT MORE BEANS! WellBean offers another healthy way to achieve that goal. We’re excited that our idea has developed into a small but growing business and hope to continue to reach more people to increase their wellness!