Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup! By The Lucy Foundation

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About Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup!

Project 2016-06-08 21:42:28 +1200

Coffee Project: Phase One

 

We are The Lucy Foundation: A social enterprise that empowers people with disabilities by working with local communities to promote social and economic inclusion through sustainable, profitable and ethical trade.



Why? People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world – more than one billion people. Globally, people with disabilities are less likely to be employed, have lower levels of education and have less access to adequate health care than people without disabilities.

 

Helping people with disabilities become actively involved in the social and economic life of their local community not only benefits the individual, but the whole community.



What we are doing: Developing a culture of disability inclusiveness and diversity through the end-to-end supply chain of a product; in the case of coffee, from seed to cup.

 

We are currently working with five coffee-farming families in Pluma Hidalgo, Oaxaca, a small mountainous village in the south of Mexico. Each family is affected by disability - we want to collaborate with them to create specialty coffee through disability inclusion and economic empowerment. What is even more unique about this coffee is that it comes from a rare varietal called Pluma (named after the town), which due to environmental factors, disease and a lack of sustainable practices is at risk of extinction.

To produce disability-inclusive specialty coffee in Pluma Hidalgo we need $20,000 to:

  • purchase farming equipment and resources that will restore health to their coffee plants;

  • develop innovative and accessible farming techniques that ensure people with different abilities can be involved;

  • set up a milling station where the cherries can be turned into premium beans using specialty coffee processes, ready for sale.



How we will do it: Together with a local partner community organisation, Piña Palmera, we will work with the families to increase the quality and yield of their coffee crops for export as specialty coffee to New Zealand. All family members, including those with disabilities, will be encouraged and supported to actively participate and engage in the agricultural, social and economic activities of their community and the coffee project.

 

What we need from you: To complete Phase One of the project we are fundraising for $70,000 through our social and professional networks and a fundraising event in July. However, there will still be a funding shortfall. We need $20,000 in pledges to buy the crop resources. For more information about The Lucy Foundation and the coffee project, go to:

 

www.facebook.com/thelucyfoundation

www.thelucyfoundation.com

info@thelucyfoundation.com

 

 

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The People Behind Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup!

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The Lucy Foundation is a social enterprise made up of a team of 8 young people based all around the world. We all believe in the power of economic and social inclusion on quality of life, and we believe that by embracing inclusivity we can make the best product and create social change.

We are made up of: PhD and Masters students, a coffee farmer, a mother, two fathers, a carpenter, and council worker.

 

Updates

    What The Lucy Foundation has been up to over the last 12 months

    08:54AM Fri 29/09/17 on Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup!

    Hi awesome pledgers and followers, 

     

    We wanted to send you a quick update on what The Lucy Foundation was able to achieve over the last year because of your support. 

    • 6,000 litres of biofertiliser made
    • 600 litres of insect and disease treatment for the crops
    • 30+ inclusive and accessible agricultural workshops with coffee-farming families and the wider community
    • Development of a local barista training program (also delivered in sign language)
    • 10 bee hives set up
    • Three people with disabilities in paid, part-time contract work
    • First batch of Pluma coffee and cascara (coffee) tea launched in New Zealand

    Our new PledgeMe campaign to start Phase 2 of The Lucy Foundation Pluma Coffee Project is now live and will run until 22 October 2017. Help us grow coffee, tea, business and impact. 

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    We made it!

    08:12PM Mon 18/07/16 on Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup!

    $20,000! Thank you to everyone who has pledged and made this possible. There's still 3 hours left, so let's keep it going! Every dollar raised from now on will go towards training and employment for the families!!! 

    Thank you again from all of us at The Lucy Foundation for all your support during the campaign. 

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    Four days to go!

    01:12PM Thu 14/07/16 on Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup!

     

    Only four days and $4,000 to go. We're so close! Thanks again for your support, we're incredibly humbled. Please tell your friends and family about the PledgeMe campaign and together let's push this project over the line!

    There are still lots of amazing rewards up for grabs, like Plant a Pluma seedling, a handmade-in-New Zealand Oaxacan tortilla press and even a Lucy Leg. Spread the word.

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    We've hit $13,596 in pledges!

    09:40AM Thu 07/07/16 on Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup!

    Thanks to all you beautiful people, we’ve raised $13,596!

    That means we’re more than halfway to our target: $20,000 for crop resources to make sure the families get the best coffee crop they can this harvest.

    Only $6,404 to go in 11 days – help us make this happen!

    “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller.

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    Thank you wonderful pledgers!

    12:34PM Wed 29/06/16 on Ethical and inclusive coffee straight to your cup!

    Together we're one step closer to the dream. Disability-inclusive production and a delicious cup of coffee. We are now over the $3,000 mark and with just under three weeks to go we have a lot of work to do. So tell your friends, family and everyone you know about the project and to get online and pledge away!

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      Michael Oehley
      2016-07-02 08:54:02 +1200

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      “Great work guys, a really neat project helping change the world for the better. Keep it up.”

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      2016-07-01 13:41:59 +1200

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      “Great idea and cause guys! As a major coffee addict I'm happy to support this venture. Best of luck. ”

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      “Inspiring speech yesterday Robbie. I was very touched. "Now that I have seen, I am responsible". Can't wait for the coffee :) ”

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      “Awesome awesome awesome work :) Can't wait to have a Lucy Cuppa next time I'm in NZ!”

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      2016-06-13 22:00:33 +1200

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      This project was successful and got its funding on 18/07/2016 at 11:00 PM.

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