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 

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And the sorting begins....

Each family is paid by the weight of the coffee they sort, meaning they can take as much or as little time as needed. Some family members are fast, some family members are slower, but when they work together they get it done!

"Today we started selecting the coffee. Pepe, Juan and Doña Victoria helped us, carefully inspecting each grain with love and joy. These meetings are where we learn and talk, and where everyone shares their story of the day." - Cata

#TheBestCoffeeOfAllIsCoffeeForAll #DisabilityInclusion #DisabilityEmployment #WorkingTogether #SharingStories
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Do you have a laptop you no longer want or need? In a few weeks Ryan Sanders will be returning to Mexico, and we want to send a laptop with him to give to Cata and the crew. At the moment they are using a phone for all their updates, research, budgets, and admin. A laptop would make such a difference!

If you can help, flick us an email on [email protected]

#recyle #reuse #socialenterprise #disabilityrights #disabilityinclusion #accessibility #accessibletechnology

[Image description: crossed legs next to an open laptop on the floor.]
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2 weeks ago

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The next step of our process is to weigh and allocate 'gold coffee' to each family we partner with. A key aspect of our business model is ensuring people with and without disabilities have the opportunity to work together on shared tasks such as sorting coffee - we believe this is one of the best ways to dismantle ableist attitudes.

Of course, delivering bags of gold coffee around the village is thirsty work, so the team stopped by our friend Rosie's cafe - La boveda del cafe pluma hidalgo - for a coffee when they were done!

#belonging #disabilityinclusion #thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall
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2 weeks ago

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While us Kiwis have spent the summer enjoying 2019's Pluma coffee, over in Mexico a fresh crop of coffee cherries has been picked and dried, and is now being processed by the disabled people we employ, together with their families. Over the next couple of weeks the team wants share their process with us using photos.

First step: remove the outer husk from the coffee seed. "The retrilla process is where a special machine removes the parchment to free the seed or kernel, resulting in 'gold coffee'. Our team will then sort through the gold coffee to select the best beans for shipment to New Zealand. In these pictures you can see Juanito placing the parchment into the retrilla machine, and showing you how gold coffee turns out after this process." - Cata

#DisabilityInclusion #TheBestCoffeeOfAllIsCoffeeForAll #FilterCoffeeNotPeople #InclusiveCoffee #SocialEnterprise
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