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September 2015
When Carlos Fernández-Aballí and his fellow Cuban entrepreneurs were hatching a business plan, they knew they wanted their product to be sustainable, technology-driven and a substitute for something the island currently imports.
CUBA'S growing ranks of the self-employed will be able to apply for unsecured loans of up 10,000 pesos ($A535) under a new program devised by state-owned savings bank BPA, the official AIN news agency said Wednesday.
August 2015
Yovanni Cantillo started Ya, Cuba’s first fast-food drive-through, last year. Every six weeks since, he travels overseas to haul back suitcases full of soda cups with lids, thick straws for milkshakes, and small plastic cups for ketchup—items Cuba’s state-owned stores don’t carry.
An analysis of Cuba's system of imports by Omar Everleny Perez Villanueva of the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana.
SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) - This 500-year-old city smells of fresh paint and varnish. Residents stroll along a recently completed harbor promenade under gleaming new streetlights, enjoying sea breezes while relaxing on newly installed metal benches.
The four surgeons in the video, masked and somber, bend over their patient, a vital-signs monitor beeping in the background. “Screwdriver,” says one. “Pliers.” Then finally, in relief, another surgeon whispers, “I think it’s good.” One more surgery with a happy ending. Except the patient is not human. It’s a cellphone...
HAVANA- Niuris Higueras jokes that her spouse calls Atelier — the Havana restaurant she started with her brother — her real husband.
July 2015
The Cuba Study Group will release a study today conducted in collaboration with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Risk Lab titled: “Supplying Growth: Purchasing Challenges and Opportunities for Cuban Entrepreneurs.” The report will be released at a public event at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, DC at 4pm.
HAVANA- Julio Alvarez Torres started business with a single refurbished 1955 Chevy Bel Air that had been in his family for decades and put it into service in 2010 driving tourists around the city.
June 2015
For most Americans, Cuba is an isolated third-world island country with a backward economy and a regrettable political and human rights record. After 56 years of the Castro regime, this reputation has been well-earned, but there was a time when Cuba represented something quite different.
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