Cuba Private Sector

In 2010 Raul Castro’s government decided to enlarge the private sector, which was one of the main governmental reforms in an attempt to “update” the socialist economic model. “This was a boom for the country,” says “El Chino” who works as a bartender four days a week at La Doña, a four year old private restaurant in Old Havana. “Since then, people have been thinking about ways to work independently from the government and start their own business.” The story documents the rapid changes the country faces as people try to detach from government and state salaries (which approximates $30/month) by opening private businesses and becoming more financially independent."Cuba Private Sector" shares stories from recent business owners in the service industry and their struggles to stay afloat in a communist regime.