Cinthia Vega Inga
Cinthia stopped as FairMail photographer in 2009. She graduated as tourist guide in 2010 and also works for FairMail Peru as assistent manager for 15 hours a week. Moreover she guides the FairMail Peru photography trips.
Cinthia wrote in 2007:
"Hi my name is Cinthia Vega and I live in el Milagro*, a young village in northern Peru. I live with my parents Freddy and Eliza, a sister and 3 brothers. My father is a taxi- and truck driver and my mom works in a recycle fabric. She let me work there in the mornings because in the afternoon I go to school. I couldn’t realize my homework because of the work but I had to work to help my parents. In the last year of secondary school I got worried because my parents didn’t have enough money to pay school for me and my brothers. But I had to go on.
In this situation I met Janneke, who had the idea to set up a company named Fairmail, where we work in a group of youngsters. We take photos showing the happiness and sadness in life. To take good pictures we also realize excursions. We transform the pictures into postcards and by selling these cards to many people we can grow into a bigger company. I am grateful for this support that helps us move on forward in our lives. With the money I earned in FairMail I started a 3 years` study to be an english speaking tourist guide".
* in the poorest part of this town is a big garbage dump on which many families work as recyclers. Most children of these recycle families help their parents searching the dump for materials to sell. The organization YMCA (www.ymcaperu.org) runs an educational centre near the dump to stimulate children, teenagers and their parents to go to school and develop themselves. This centre is one of the places where Fairmail finds teenagers – Cinthia is one of them- to participate in Fairmail, selecting them on motivation, punctuality and talent for photography.