The second day of our trip found us in Santo Domingo de Guzman, meeting up with six carpenters and Ismael, a local carpenter who has mentored, employed, or encouraged the other six. As we interviewed each carpenter to find out how they had fulfilled their contractual obligations for community service and mentoring, most showed us photos on their phones of their work. There is no shortage of talent here; training and education are helping it blossom. After TFO started the process in earlier visits, Ismael nurtured it and helped these men learn valuable skills that help them provide for their families. Tables, chairs, doors, and storage cabinets are the most common items built, and the carpenters are justifiably proud of the work they do.
We visited the shop of Orlando Garcia (above) and marveled at the doors he was completing. An increase in demand for his work has allowed him to invest in a compressor which he uses to spray finishes, speeding up his work and improving his finished product.
In the next Quick Glimpse, on to Honduras, and how 12 enthusiastic carpenters share 2 electric outlets.