TLF New Zealand

Our goal is to revolutionise the way we do business by creating a culture of inclusivity in trade. To do this, we are helping create an entire supply chain of coffee that is inclusive for people with disabilities across the country of origin (Mexico) and country of consumption (New Zealand).

While our team in Mexico is working incredibly hard to bring us coffee that is good for human rights, the environment, the economy AND is inclusive of people with disabilities, our team in New Zealand is also busy looking at ways we can create inclusive and accessible employment and education opportunities for people with disabilities in New Zealand.

This includes working towards…

  • Finding ways to support and promote training and employment opportunities for people with differing abilities within the New Zealand coffee and hospitality industries;
  • Looking at cafe spaces around New Zealand, and how we can work together to ensure they are accessible to consumers of all abilities;
  • Celebrating accessible and inclusive business practice within the New Zealand coffee and hospitality industries;
  • Supporting and collaborating with inclusive and accessible businesses;
  • Providing a platform for disabled people of New Zealand (and their allies!) to comment on their experiences within the coffee industry either as employees or consumers;
  • Facilitating cultural exchanges between New Zealanders with disabilities and Zapotec people with disabilities in Pluma Hidalgo.

Keep on eye on this space over the next year as we expand and grow into the future!

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In April 2018 the heads of governments from all Commonwealth nations (and the Queen!) will meet in London for the biennial CHOGM summit. The theme of this year's meeting is "Towards a Common Future", with a particular focus on youth and inclusion.

In the lead up to the summit, the hosts of the CHOGM are showcasing Commonwealth stories from around the world, and our very own Robbie Francis was asked to share hers! Check it out:
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Meet Robbie - a human rights advocate & co-founder of The Lucy Foundation, a social enterprise which works to improve #disability inclusiveness through sustainable trade ICYMI: We featured Robbie as one of our amazing role models who is changing lives and making a difference in #ourCommonwealth 🇳🇿 marking #IWD2018 UK in New Zealand University of Otago @commonwealthscholarships @roberta.francis.3551

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A few more awesome snaps from the field...

Memo (TLF Temporary Field Director) writes that for him, inclusion is all about including people with disabilities in as many activities as possible. On this occasion the guys shared their skills with Don Epifanio (organic coffee farmer), and helped him make a mineral treatment for coffee rust (fungus disease). In this way, people with disabilities, as well as the community, can be empowered through the sharing of activities, skills and socialization.

"It's always a good time to work in Paradise!" - Memo Baca Acuario
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Today is International Women’s Day, so we wanted to give a shout out to the amazing wahine on our TLF team! We are so proud that 71% of our team identify as female, and more than half of them proudly identify as disabled! But as much as today is about celebrating mujeres, we also want to remember that globally women and girls with disabilities are one of the most marginalised sectors of humanity:

- 75% of women with disabilities are unemployed
- Women with disabilities who are employed earn less than male counterparts and women without disabilities
- 99% of girls and women with disabilities in the global south are illiterate
- Women and girls with disabilities face disproportionately high rates of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation
- Women and girls with disabilities are more likely to experience gender-based violence compared to women and girls without disabilities
- Women with disabilities are regularly denied reproductive healthcare and at times are subjected to forced sterilization

We must be the change!

#iwd2018 #disabledandcute
#strongwomen #disabodyposi
#inclusionrider #thelucyfoundation #plumacoffeeproject

[Image Description: 6 picture grid - Profile pictures of Jessica Pantoja-Sanders, Robbie Francis and Courtney Wilson on the top row. Second row reads 'women', The Lucy Foundation logo and 'wahine'. The bottom row is a profile picture of Erin Gough, the word 'mujeres' and a profile picture of Umi Asaka]
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