The Peruvian photographers come from different neighborhoods of Trujillo, the third biggest city in Peru. We select them through local NGOs that work with teenagers at risk from poor socio-economic backgrounds. In compliance with the WFTO criteria on the Protection of Young Workers and the Peruvian Código de los Niños y Adolescentes, FairMail teenagers are between 13 and 19 years old. They receive 60% of the proceeds from the sales of the pictures and they invest the money in 3 funds: education, clothing, and house supplies. As FairMail members, they benefit from a health care plan that also includes their direct family members and receive guidance for their personal and professional growth.
The Indian photographers come from the slum of Nagwa, in the city of Varanasi, Northern India. The Indian production center stopped operating on October 1, 2014 (you can find out more here). Indian cards are no longer printed, but FairMail is still selling the remaining stock as the Indian photographers have already received an advance fair payment for their cards. Our contact person in India is still providing guidance to those photographers who have money left in their funds to make sure that it is invested in a way that favors their personal development.