Here in Panama it is not uncommon to hire someone with expertise, but that person may not always have the tools or parts.
In the States, if you go to the mechanic, you are expected to buy the parts for your car from that mechanic. Here, at most of the mechanic shops, you are expected to buy the parts and bring them to the mechanic. You pay the mechanic for his expertise and services/labor, not for the merchandise.
Another example is when you have your house painted. You hire the painters and pay them for their service as painters, but you are expected to provide the paint for them to use.
This leads me to today's workshop. Rick was asked to teach a few people how to weld. It is not uncommon for people to have welding machines and hire a welder to come out and use the equipment (there are some shops in town that have equipment, but that assumes that what you need repaired is small enough to transport.) If a person could make small welding repairs by themselves, they would not have to wait on a welder, who may or may not have their own transportation, and they would not have to rely on the welder be familiar with the kind of equipment you have.
In the States, there were many times that I wished that we could do business this way. I knew I could get a better deal on paint, parts or whatever if I was not in a hurry. Here....I am sure it is a good deal too, assuming we knew where to buy the parts. Which most of the time, we do not. So, it takes us 10 times longer to do something that we need now. Eventually, we will know more of the stores in David and will be better at planning, but for now, it is what it is and I am glad that Rick is able to help teach some people how to weld. :)