About The Lucy Foundation

Vision:

Empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Mission:

The Lucy Foundation is committed to empowering people with disabilities by working with local communities to promote education, employment and a culture of disability inclusiveness through environmentally, economically and ethically sustainable trade.

History:

Naming a social enterprise after a prosthetic leg may seem unusual, but for the founding members of The Lucy Foundation it simply makes sense. Co-founder, Robbie Francis, was born with a physical disability. She learned to walk on an artificial leg that became familiarly known as ‘Lucy Leg’. Robbie is the first to admit that she grew up in a world of privilege and opportunity. But things could have turned out very differently – a thought that hit home after she recently returned from working as a disability rights monitor in, what she describes as, some of the darkest places on earth. In the words of kiwi singer Brooke Fraser:

“Now that I have seen, I am responsible.”

Having shared these experiences with Ben, Simone and Jess, it was agreed – there was no way they could continue with the status quo, knowing what they now knew. Documenting the problem was not enough – they wanted to become an active part of the solution. So The Lucy Foundation was born… a group of young people committed to developing inclusive, ethical, and sustainable models of business with a focus on meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

Read more about The Lucy Foundation’s first project 


4 days ago

The Lucy Foundation
Another successful community workshop done and dusted! Here we are preparing an ash broth, which will be used to strengthen coffee plants and naturally deter insects. A beautiful practice, everyone working together, full of learning!#DisabilityRights #EnvironmentalRegeneration #InsectControl[Video description: Footage of a pathway in the jungle with blue skies ahead. The camera pans to a small group of people with and without disabilities preparing a broth in a big pot over an open fire. Herminio is stirring the pot with a big stick, while Catalina stokes the fire. Photos of everyone participating and sharing in the experience. A team photo with a large huskie dog in the front. Closing credit reads 'Muchas Gracias to order coffee or donate go to www.thelucyfoundation.com"] ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

The Lucy Foundation
April 9 is Small Business Day, and Xero is teaming up with small businesses in Aotearoa to thank our fabulous customers for their support 😍 The prize pool includes $100,000 in instant prizes and a $10,000 shopping spree 🤩 You could even give us a shot at winning $10,000 to help grow our business 🙀If you want to go in the draw, just follow these super-simple steps: 🛍 Buy TLF coffee tomorrow📸 Take a photo of your coffee🤳 Post your photo on social media, tag Small Business Day NZ and use the hashtag #choosesmallnzOR🔒 if your account is private, message your photo to @smallbusinessdaynz ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation
As part of our inclusive value chain, the families we partner with receive a portion of the harvest - processed, roasted and ground with love by our TLF crew. A huge thanks to Doña Yoli for her help![Video description: A high speed video of Doña Yoli grinding TLF coffee, before Juan and then Pepe scoop the ground coffee into large tins. A photo of Juan waving with a large tin of ground coffee, and a photo of Pepe, Juan and Herminio on the street ready to deliver the coffee to their families.] ... See MoreSee Less
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