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We headquartered at Zamorano.
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Mary Nell Frucella, my globe-trotting friend, roomie, and biggest cheerleader, helped with logistics and took photos. The sustenance in our hands is the essential coffee from Americano Express.
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Bob Willet, donor and Honduras Good Works board member, came and was another photographer. No work, though, until we have that coffee.
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A good turnout. Donors, supporters, and officials came. All the workers were there with family members.
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We had three ribbon-cuttings. With local officials: mayor of Yuscaran, Johny Carrasco, and president of Coop, Teresa Salgado.
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IDH: Hugo Aleman cutting the ribbon, Maria Elena Alvarez from board of IDH, Victor Funes. And both Jannalee Anderson and Verdele Polson, Opportunity International Canada.
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Honduras Good Works represented by Father Paul Moore, Bob Willet and Mary Nell Frucella.
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Father Paul and Reverenda Lourdes led a procession throughout the factory with blessings. Note the mountains in the background.
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Agusto Medina, General Manager, and I have worked side–by-side for 3 years on the Coop.
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Tom Milligan from Ohio is a partner with me and has knowledge of the business and unflagging support, even in the hard times and tough decisions. Besides being a generous donor, he has made three trips to design the layout, help install the equipment, train the workers, and celebrate the Dedication.
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Rafael Flores, with his wife Patricia, has opened doors for us in Honduras that we could not have opened without his help.
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Roque Vitanza, a graduate of St. Edward’s University and owner of a stone company in Honduras, is our primary buyer. He approved our samples and is ready to buy the product.
Jannalee Anderson and Verdele Polson of Opportunity International Canada are enthusiastic supporters.
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Jim Chynoweth of the U.S. Embassy explained some important, new improvements in Customs and will be helpful in the future.
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The big saw is where it starts. Yuan wil saw these blocks into thin slabs.
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He’s got the time down to one slab every 2 minutes. With the new blade we’ve ordered, he can probably double that speed AND cut harder stones.
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Meira squares off the slabs.
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We have three women operating the saws.
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Lillian uses the multi-blade saw to cut the slabs into strips and then into the tiny pieces.
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Then comes the gluing.
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Onto template patterns
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Then glued onto plastic netting…
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And flipped like a pancake, and set out to dry.
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The square-foot tiles will be packaged 10 to a carton, and stored–ready for delivery to the buyer.
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Marjorie Mayr of Zamorano hosted our banquet and welcomed everyone, translated by Maria Elena Alvarez.
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A traditional folk dance group entertained us.
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The workers, all dressed up for a fiesta!