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Brenda Palms Barber
FELLOW 2020

Brenda Palms Barber

Sweet Beginnings

Restoring self-worth and dignity, one job, one pot of honey, at a time.

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ABOUT Sweet Beginnings

Sweet Beginnings was created by Brenda Palms Barber (The “Bee Lady” of the West Side of Chicago), to help solve the problem of unemployment among Black men and women with criminal backgrounds. It offers jobs and training opportunities through its urban honey business – over 2,000 to date – restoring self-worth and dignity.

As honeybees seek nectar without distinguishing between a weed or flower, Sweet Beginnings seeks to elevate the sweet and good within all to support productive employees, good parents, and civically engaged residents.” Brenda Palms Barber

Learn more about Sweet Beginnings, and support the mission by donating and treating yo’rself to some Beelove products.

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