Jessica Pantoja-Sanders


Profile of Jess: Smiling woman, white and brown floral dress and yellow cardigan, short brown hair, purple lipstick, leaning on a table that has a milk bottle on it, in front of purple wall

Motivated by the prospect of being part of a team striving to change the way disability is perceived globally, Jess joined The Lucy Foundation in 2014.

With 14 years experience in Event and Café Management and a passion for conscious sustainable living and disability inclusion, Jess was excited to put her skills into action on the ground in Mexico, with The Lucy Foundation coffee project. Being half Mexican herself, Jess loves to use food and cooking to bring people together and encourage sustainable, healthy living.

Jess (along with husband Ryan, and children, Lorenzo and Ebony) lived in Pluma Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Mexico where she was full-time Field Director for The Lucy Foundation. She now lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, where she continues to support the work of The Lucy Foundation.


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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