Empowerment of persons with disabilities.
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.
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.