A new economy is emerging in Cuba, where the state previously absorbed private enterprise and property. Now — particularly in those industries which cater to tourists — we see entrepreneurial Cubans make more in a day than Cuban doctors could make in a month. For those Cubans who can afford to, turning extra bedrooms into casas particulares or opening a private restaurant paladar or even driving a cab can prove lucrative. As the Cuban economy pivots, we see a bit of capitalism creep in.
We spoke with four individuals on this new reality. From a student at university dreaming of her future, to a chef importing a restaurant concept expected more in a hipster downtown American city than one would imagine in Havana, to an entrepreneurial fixer and casa hostess, to an artist capturing cultural phenomenon, each sees great opportunity in the future.