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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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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