Monday, June 15, 2009

Town Meetings

The first week we were in Honduras, we had a "town meeting" in both the villages where we are working. They were informational meetings with just a hint of drama. Let me explain.

This is the outside view of the church in Danta Uno where we held our meeting. Our electricity provided the lights, which I love to see. We had about 30 people in attendance.

This photo is from the other village, Pueblo Nuevo, where we met at the school instead. I think there were even more people at this meeting, though I did not attend it. If you look carefully, you can see the kids standing outside the screen "windows" trying to see what all the crazy gringos are doing.

Here is the drama part: as the people came in, there were no electric lights being used. There were only two kerosene-burning "candils" that gave off only a little light, and were slowly filling the school with fumes and smoke.

Then, after everyone arrived, they began the meeting by turning on a single light bulb, which dramatically outshone the two candils. Yea for electricity. Then we began to describe how they might get electricity in their homes and how much it was going to cost.

Sergio and Ryan explained how the light bulbs and current limiters worked, and the pricing options.

I like this photo because it shows how brightly everyone is lit. None of these pictures was taken with a flash. Also, in this shot you can see the fan we put out in the middle of the isle to blow on people. This is what they call "marketing".

1 comment:

Crabby Paddy said...

Wow that was some excellent marketing. Ryan did get an MBA didn't he??? I am quite impressed. You guys are getting good at this.