Oz, you've done what you can, now it's up to them to live up to the challenge. Hopefully they see it as a good chance and everything works out. By the way, are there any respectable enough businesses that you could keep either a tab or a prepared system with in case you're worried about leaving them with cash? Although if you can't trust them to handle money they might not be the kind of employees you want to keep around.
I am not worried about leaving Bernie with cash. I don't leave much - somewhere around forty dollars. If something sudden comes up I can send cash via Xoom and it can picked up at a zillion locations within a minute of sending. I could get credit lines at stores but the sugar cane farms secretary can just as easily give them a check and it's a lot cleaner. Yesterday was our final payment on the Mitsubishi. I really don't want to owe money.
Bernie is in a very different position to when he left. We were rapidly expanding and everything was piling up on him. The helpers were taking orders from him so he was responsible for their performance as well.
Now the roles are clearly defined. Bernie and Jun are similarly aged and get along well. He is happy with his salary, he gets to go home often and his wife can visit. When Analou was here, she had fun helping sort chickens and dressed five roosters. At the staff meal she was very cordial. Bernie loaded the three of them on his bike and to them home last night.
The concern is really whether we need to find replacements for jun and Rona but there had been some improvement. Some people get employer/employee etiquette straight away, others need it spelled out.
We have been told that they really want to make it work so there is hope. Prior to coming here they survived on much less. Its probably just a matter of a fortnight of being pennyless that will set them straight. We make sure they will always have something to eat by giving 50kg of rice per month as part of their compensation. They also have the vegetable garden which has lots of ready to eat produce and plenty on the way.