Carolyn Cesario & Julie Sullivan
After developing a passion for nutrition and wellness through dealing with her own health issues, Carolyn began to notice a gap in the marketplace for nut butters made with simple ingredients and original flavorings, without additives, sugar, or peanuts. She began making and selling her own to friends and family. Meanwhile, Julie had recently returned from Uganda, where she developed and implemented an employment training program for 160 women overcoming poverty. She saw the opportunity (and need) to implement a similar program in her home community of Portland. All she needed was the right product. Then she met Carolyn. They started their business as a social enterprise to provide women overcoming adversity with an opportunity to get back on their feet through employment. As a for-profit business, they provide job skills training with a 6-9 month employment training program that provides a stepping stone into full-time employment, all by making and selling nourishing nut butters that taste like luxury indulgences.