Ryan is going to be in Honduras for two weeks prior to my arrival with students. I spoke with him today and things are going well. He was able to clear up a question we had about the new minimum wage laws there. Apparently, Honduran law requires employers (which we endeavour to be) to pay their employees for 14 months per year. The expectation is that during July and December folks get a double payment. Sound strange? I agree. I wish I could explain more to you, but I'm in the dark too.
Perhaps some of you reader(s) that are familiar with Honduran law (uh... Erin?) could enlighten us about the reasons for this oddity?
Ryan also got to visit some companies that sell electric motors and generators (lucky!) and get pricing. It's about what we thought: a 15 hp induction motor is about $1000, and a 5 kW diesel generator is about $900 - and they're having a sale! Woo hoo!