TLF Mexico

The Lucy Foundation’s model shows the value of diversity in business. We work with communities to establish their social, economic and environmental needs. We then calculate how we can meet these needs through sustainable trade.

In 2016, The Lucy Foundation established a team on the ground in Pluma Hidalgo – an isolated coffee-farming village, high in the mountains of Mexico. The aim of the Pluma Coffee Project is to transform the global coffee industry by developing a sustainable value chain of coffee that is not only good for the environment, the community and the economy, but is also inclusive of disabled people, from seed to cup.

To do this, we work with indigenous coffee-farming families, all affected by disability, to help them increase the quality and quantity of their coffee. We also help disabled family members to become trained and employed within the local coffee industry through beekeeping, barista coffee training, coffee tours, coffee harvest and agricultural workshops. Within the first 2 years of operation The Lucy Foundation has successfully:

  • Held more than 40 inclusive and accessible agricultural workshops with coffee-farming families and the wider community;
  • Created 6,000 litres of organic bio-fertiliser and 600 litres of organic insect and disease treatment made for the crops;
  • Helped develop a local barista training program (also delivered in sign language);
  • Set up beehives to increase coffee quality through pollination and as additional income for the families;
  • Supported three disabled people into paid, part-time contract work;
  • Launched our first batch of Pluma coffee and cascara (coffee) tea in New Zealand;
  • Increased the quantity of Pluma products in New Zealand by 300%.

So why coffee? Coffee is a good source of seasonal income for coffee farmers in this remote region of Mexico where poverty is high. Coffee is also being used to empower disabled people to work on coffee farms that their families have been working for generations, as well as become more active in their community. Pluma coffee is exclusively grown in Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico and is new to New Zealand coffee drinkers. Coffee is the economic backbone of Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico with many families having a small number of trees in their backyard. We work side-by-side with these coffee farmers and their families to help improve their crops and promote inclusive economic opportunities within the community.

In New Zealand, The Lucy Foundation partners with organisations, such as Coffee Educators and Able. Coffee Collaborative, who actively support disabled Kiwis into training and employment within the New Zealand coffee industry. Pluma coffee is used as a catalyst for change, promoting inclusive and accessible business both in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

What we love about this project is that at all stages of production there are opportunities for people with different abilities to play a key role in the end-to-end supply chain of coffee.

At the heart of this project is community. Changing perceptions requires meaningful and inclusive community interactions. And as one of our co-founders, Ben Scott, says:

What’s good for community is good for business.

And who wouldn’t want to be a part of social change just by enjoying a good cuppa!
The Lucy Foundation team is looking for funding and donations in New Zealand, Mexico and around the world. Find out how you can help us out here.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Print 3 of 4! Did we mention that Anna Coleman (designer) and Department of Brewology have agreed to donate all proceeds from these incredible prints to The Lucy Foundation? You can pre-order the full set of 4 for $30 from our website now!

#thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #value #ableismistrash #thingsdisabledpeopleknow #plumacoffeeproject #socialenterprise #buygooddogood #nzinmexico

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5 days ago

The Lucy Foundation

Throw back Thursday: The pictures we posted earlier remind us of the video Coffee Educators Ltd baristas made when they visited our crew in Mexico! They came to learn about the Pluma Coffee Project and teach universally designed barista classes in English, Spanish and sign language!
#memorylane #plumacoffee #thelucyfoundation #mexicocoffeeproject #coffeeeducators #disabilityinclusion #coffeesign

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In September 2017, 3 Deaf team members from Coffee Educators embarked on a journey to support The Lucy Foundation in Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico. This is their story.
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5 days ago

The Lucy Foundation

2nd ANNOUNCEMENT: We are super excited to announce 2nd design by @annacolemanillustration for the Department of Brewology and The Lucy Foundation!

Remember, all profits from these prints will be donated to The Lucy Foundation, enabling us to continue our work by ensuring the coffee process is completely inclusive of disabled people from farmer to consumer. How's that for positive change?!

This collection is part of an on-going collaboration series with Department of Brewology - an American-based design-oriented brand devoted to the art & science of specialty coffee.

Here is our second profile from our inclusive value chain of coffee (Mexico to NZ) and Anna's amazing illustrations. Watch this space for more info about how to purchase these rad prints...

#thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #value #ableismistrash #thingsdisabledpeopleknow #plumacoffeeproject #socialenterprise #buygooddogood #nzinmexico #lucyear
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6 days ago

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Our very own Dr. Robbie Francis is currently in Colombia with the Polus delegation to talk with land mine survivors about what they need to enable them to lead their best lives. She is also talking to coffee producers about disability inclusion and Universal Design in their washing stations and cupping labs.
#landminesurvivors #thelucyfoundation #disabilityinclusion #inclusivecoffee #universaldesign #poluscentreforsocialdevelopment

[Image description: In this photo Robbie Francis from The Lucy Foundation stands looking at the camera smiling. She is showing her prosthetic leg. To Robbie's right is landmine survivor Luis Ariel Ibarguen, also showing his prosthetic leg].As a member of the Polus Center's Colombian victim assistance delegation, Dr. Robbie Francis, Ph.D. from New Zealand and Director of The Lucy Foundation compares prosthetic legs with landmine survivor Luis Ariel Ibarguen.
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1 week ago

The Lucy Foundation

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are super excited to announce the launch of these epic designs by @annacolemanillustration for the Department of Brewology and The Lucy Foundation!

Profits from these prints will be donated to The Lucy Foundation, enabling us to continue our work by ensuring the coffee process is completely inclusive of disabled people from farmer to consumer. How's that for positive change?!

This collection is part of an on-going collaboration series with Department of Brewology - an American-based design-oriented brand devoted to the art & science of specialty coffee.

Over the comings days we will showcase profiles from our inclusive value chain of coffee (Mexico to NZ) and Anna's amazing illustrations. Watch this space for more info about how to purchase these rad prints...

#thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #value #ableismistrash #thingsdisabledpeopleknow #plumacoffeeproject #socialenterprise #buygooddogood #nzinmexico #lucyarm
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