The Lorna Young Foundation
The Lorna Young Foundation was established in 2003 in the memory of the late Lorna Young - a pioneer of fair trade in the UK, member of Equal Exchange and one of the founders of Cafédirect. Lorna Young was a driven and dynamic Scotswoman who secured the first supermarket listings for Cafédirect products, and who almost single-handed launched fair trade coffee from the niche market to the mainstream. Lorna died in 1996.
The LYF is a small charity, making a BIG difference. Internationally, the LYF supports smallholder farmer organisations in developing countries to build their commercial capacity, shorten supply chains; and create local brands and markets. The LYF has developed, raised funds for, delivered and advised on projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Palestine; working with coffee, tea, macadamia, rice and olive growers.
In the UK we work with disadvantaged communities; raising their awareness of ethical trading and encouraging the use of self-help social enterprise so that people can learn skills, reduce poverty `at home and abroad´ and can share profits fairly and for the best use of the community itself. The aim of the Not Just Us Programme is to set up and develop ethical enterprises with young people in some of the most deprived areas of the Yorkshire and Humber Region; initially Huddersfield, Leeds, York and Doncaster. The groups will set up their own ethical trading enterprise, developing their own ethically sourced product range, be exposed to successful entrepreneurs, and build a strong reputation and profile locally. These young people will learn about the principles of ethical and fair trading, about international development, and about business approaches which can benefit entire communities rather than just a few individuals. The aim is to give all group members transferrable skills, confidence and supported practical learning. The programme offers a vehicle to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of young people and draws on the expertise of other local organisations to provide support, assistance and specific technical training and advice. The approach is to utilise the talent and knowledge of existing organisations, to avoid duplication and create added value to what already exists locally. The long term vision is to replicate this innovative model to other parts of the UK and beyond - establishing a wide network of cooperatively owned ethical enterprises that import and add value to ethically sourced raw products. This will help to raise awareness of ethical trade on a much larger scale, whilst providing opportunities for growth and development to hundreds of marginalised young people.
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