Faces of Honduras
Courtesy Bryan Fung
Honduran society, for the most part, mirrors other Latin
countries in terms of its social classes and sectors.
of wealth is uneven, with a small minority of the
(increasingly made up of members of the military)
national politics and wealth. Capital is largely obtained
ownership of large landed estates, collaboration with
entrepreneurial enterprises, and privileges granted to the
In sharp contrast to the small wealthy class, the vast
of the population is made up of subsistence farmers and
agricultural laborers who live in increasing poverty.
1950s, a small middle class has emerged from the ranks of
and the artisan sectors. This new middle class had become
moderately well off by the 1990s. However, the middle
especially the poor were extremely hard hit during the
crisis of the 1980s
(see Human Resources
, ch. 3). Both
many of the modest economic gains they had made in the
three decades wiped out.
Data as of December 1993