FairMail is a company producing fair trade greeting cards with photos made in Peru and India.
The photos on FairMail cards are taken by Indian and Peruvian underprivileged teenagers. On the back of every card you see the face, name and age of the photographer. FairMail offers this youth photography training, part-time work, medical insurance and guidance in making their future plans. The teenagers get 50% of the profits of the sale of their own photos to finance their housing and education.
FairMail was founded in 2006 in Peru by the Dutch sociologist and entrepreneur Janneke Smeulders. In 2007 Janneke's partner Peter den Hond joined her in the company and since 2008 they run the Dutch FairMail office in Amsterdam together. In India the daily management of FairMail lies in the hands of local manager Akshay Kumar and in Peru this task is fulfilled by Renato Cerqueira Nuñez, helped by assistent manager Cinthia Vega Inga (who is a former FairMail photographer). Read more about how FairMail started here.
FairMail is a monitored member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
FairMail is winner of the ASN Bank "World Prize" against child labor in 2011.
FairMail is winner of the Dutch Card Award for the most innovative card concept in 2009.
FairMail is first prize winner of the Business in Development Challenge 2006.
FairMail cards are printed on FSC certified paper.
Fairmail India Revisited 2012
produced by Peter Den Hond, 2012, 10 minutes, English
Fairmail Peru Video 2009
Produced by Scott Wegner (email@example.com)
FairMail Promo, 2009, 7 minutes, English
The Making of Fairmail India 2009
Produced by Peter den Hond
The Making of FairMail India, 2009, 6 minutes, English&Dutch
A Fair Chance at life: Our perspective 2011
Produced by Anna Wilson
The life of FairMail Peru teenager Elmer before and during his work for FairMail, 2011, 5 minutes, English&Spanish