Photos: Medicinal Plants

Last week our team in Mexico hosted Abuela Sofia (a tzotzil indigenous medicine woman) for a 3-day Universal Design workshop on medicinal plants. Over 35 members of the community came to share, learn about and identify plants in the jungle around them, as well as their different uses in ailments. Danae Chazaro, TLF coordinator said:

“We found more than 30 medicinal species. It was also amazing to see how the community embraced disability inclusion as an important part of community health in just 3 days of working together.”

La semana pasada nuestro equipo en México recibió a la Abuela Sofía (médica tradicional tzotzil), para llevar a cabo un taller de plantas medicinales, diseñado universalmente. Alrededor de 35 personas de la comunidad asistieron para compartir, aprender e identificar las plantas en la selva alrededor de la comunidad, así como sus diferentes usos en remedios. Dánae Cházaro, Coordinadora de TLF, dice: “Encontramos más de 30 especies medicinales. Fue también increíble ver cómo la comunidad asumió la inclusión de las personas con discapacidad como parte de la salud de su comunidad, en sólo 3 días de trabajar todos juntos”.

Nacanu’ Xhi’in // we are all seeds

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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

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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]

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

The Lucy Foundation

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!

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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

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

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