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.

Our first project is in Pluma Hidalgo working with local families to increase the quality and yield of their coffee crops. We empower all family members, especially those with disabilities, to contribute to the project .

  • Workshops: We hold bi-monthly workshops with the families about specialty coffee practices and environmentally sustainable agricultural methods.
    The workshops are designed in a way that is accessible to family members with disabilities, so everyone can be part of the learning process.
  • Bee Keeping: With the decline of bees in the world, an important aspect of this project is encouraging the families and local people to engage in effective beekeeping. A healthy bee population will help pollinate the coffee tree flowers
  • Work Experience: Many people with disabilities in Pluma Hidalgo are overprotected and do not take part in family and community life. So we have begun working one-on-one with three men with intellectual disabilities to encourage them to work with us on various Lucy Foundation tasks, outside of their family home. We will expand this programme in 2017.
  • Coffee Harvest: We have worked with the families to increase the quality and quantity of their coffee to enable sale at a higher price. All profits from the coffee sales will be reinvested into the programme so that it can continue to grow in 2017.

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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A very happy birthday to our super-duper Field Director Jessica Pantoja-Sanders. While on their way to her pizza party the crew came across a lifeless boa constrictor. Sadly, though very important to the biodiversity of the jungle, snakes are often targeted and killed out of fear, misinformation and misunderstanding. While this chap was dead by the time the crew arrived, his death was not in vain! Thanks to Barry, Ryan and Ebony, its skin has been preserved and Jess, the birthday girl/reptile lover, is spreading the word about their importance to the local environment and biodiversity!

#biodiversity #environment #friendsnotfoes #junglelife #kiwisinmexico #savethesnakes #snakeskin #plumacoffeeproject #disabilityinclusion #disabilityrights @ Pluma Hidalgo

[Image Description: 5 photos of a large dead snake being skinned on the back of a truck, with it's skin being stretched out to dry.]
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One of the things we are really passionate about here at The Lucy Foundation is re-defining what 'success' is. Authentic inclusion means acknowledging and celebrating success in all its shapes and sizes. Today we want to do just that...

"For the past year I would ask him questions and he would answer with one word...'bien' (good). But over the past month his hand shakes have become stronger, more purposeful and include more eye contact. Today, while harvesting the sweet potatoes we planted together a while back, he turned to me and asked how my day had been. I could not help but respond with a massive smile and say, 'Today has been an incredible day, thanks!' Why has it been such a great day? This small question he asked, is the reason it has been such a great day." - Ryan
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Feliz navidad a todos! We hope you're all enjoying a relaxing break now. As you do check out our new blog post from TLF intern Umi Asaka. Umi has been in Pluma Hidalgo for the last two weeks learning about the TLF Mexico project, spending time with the TLF families and visiting coffee farms.

Great read Umi and we're so happy that you could visit: www.thelucyfoundation.com/experience-pluma-hidalgo/
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Last Saturday we enjoyed Christmas lunch with families involved in The Lucy Foundation project here in Pluma Hidalgo. Such a beautiful day with our friends and family here. We wish you all an early Feliz Navidad! ... See MoreSee Less

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