The Adventure of Opening an Account in Cuba in MLC (Hard Currency)

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, July 26, 2020 – Imagine that you’re going to your bank to open an account. One of the simplest operations in any country in the world. You really could save yourself the trouble, if you want, because online banks offer a way to do that. In Cuba, it’s more complicated, … Continue reading “The Adventure of Opening an Account in Cuba in MLC (Hard Currency)”

Alquizar, Cuba, Feels Abandoned Since the End of the Year, With No Coffee, Sugar or Oil at the Ration Store

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 1 February 2023 — “Before, here people could use lard to cook, but there is almost no one who raises animals and to make matters worse, since last year they have not sold oil through the bodega [ration store],” complains Liubis Torriente, 32, a resident of the municipality of Alquízar, … Continue reading “Alquizar, Cuba, Feels Abandoned Since the End of the Year, With No Coffee, Sugar or Oil at the Ration Store”

The Tragedy of a Cuban Mother: One Daughter Disappeared in a Shipwreck, the Other in Prison for July 2021 (11J) Protests

14ymedio, Havana, 29 January 2023 — Marta Vázquez Molina, mother of two women who shipwrecked on Tuesday in a precarious boat in the surroundings of Cayo Cruz del Padre, in Matanzas, denounces that the Cuban Border Guards did not continue the search for the disappeared, alleging that they did not have the equipment to work at night. … Continue reading “The Tragedy of a Cuban Mother: One Daughter Disappeared in a Shipwreck, the Other in Prison for July 2021 (11J) Protests”

Western Union Expands its Offices to Send Remittances from Florida to Cuba to More Than 340 Sites

14ymedio, Havana, 27 January 2023 — The financial company Western Union decided to expand its service for sending remittances to Cuba to 343 offices in Florida through the pilot program that it has been implementing since the beginning of this month and which had started in a few branches. Among the establishments that were incorporated into sending … Continue reading “Western Union Expands its Offices to Send Remittances from Florida to Cuba to More Than 340 Sites”

Cuba: Suchel Went Too Far with Alcohol and Did Not Put Fragrance in its Colognes

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 28 January 2023 — No customer dared to pay this weekend the more than three MLC (freely convertible currency) that a bottle of Suchel cologne costs at the La Filosofía store in Centro Habana. “They got out of hand with the alcohol,” warned one of the sales clerks as she discouraged shoppers … Continue reading “Cuba: Suchel Went Too Far with Alcohol and Did Not Put Fragrance in its Colognes”

Cuban Authorities Pressure Private Business Owners in Sancti Spiritus to Lower Their Prices

14ymedio, Mercedes García, Sancti Spíritus, 21 January 2023 — Food prices continue to increase and authorities in the city of Sancti Spíritus try to put the brakes on inflation by pressuring private business owners to lower their prices. The official call, however, has not been echoed in the sector hit hard by the high cost … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Pressure Private Business Owners in Sancti Spiritus to Lower Their Prices”

Nobody Understands the ‘Algorithms’ of the Cuban Peso Stores

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 18 January 2023 – She traces along the notice board with her finger. “This one’s my store”, she whispers as her forefinger reaches the sales schedule of a shop in the outskirts, in Calle Galiano, Havana. She slides her hand along until she finds her shopping date and then looks … Continue reading “Nobody Understands the ‘Algorithms’ of the Cuban Peso Stores”

A Depressed Employee Among Empty Shelves, a Reflection of Cuba’s Misfortune

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez/Olea Gallardo, Havana, 16 January 2023 — A few years ago, through one of those entertaining TED conferences that spread like wildfire on social networks, Barry Schwartz popularized the expression “the paradox of choice” which can be summed up as follows: choosing between too many options produces paralysis and dissatisfaction, which can … Continue reading “A Depressed Employee Among Empty Shelves, a Reflection of Cuba’s Misfortune”

The Three Wise Men Return to Cuba at the Hands of a Generation that Grew Up Without Them

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 6 January 2022– Dozens of people appeared at dawn this Friday outside the main currency stores in Havana with the hope of acquiring a toy or some candy as a gift for Three Kings Day. Curiously, among those anxious faces waiting to buy a doll, a plastic car, or some sweet … Continue reading “The Three Wise Men Return to Cuba at the Hands of a Generation that Grew Up Without Them”

Honey, a Profitable Profession for Cuban Beekeepers When the State Deigns to Pay Them

14ymedio, Yankiel Gutiérrez Faife, Camajuaní, 31 December 2022 — Although bee honey is one of the things that has “disappeared” from the Cuban family pantry, the State knows how to sell it abroad, and at very high prices. The purity and quality of the product have earned an international reputation for the Island’s honey, and it’s not uncommon to … Continue reading “Honey, a Profitable Profession for Cuban Beekeepers When the State Deigns to Pay Them”

Nobody Wants the Cuban ‘Azulitas’, the Little Blue Masks

14ymedio, Madrid, December 22, 2022 — The azulitas [little blue masks] are piled up in the Gardis warehouses. The plant, located in Matanzas, Cuba, already has  accumulated 300,000 units, and, although there is enough raw material to make half a million more, its fate seems doomed to the point that “there are those who question the … Continue reading “Nobody Wants the Cuban ‘Azulitas’, the Little Blue Masks”

A Foreign Currency Store for Mexican Paint Supplies, ‘Proudly Cuban,’ Opens in Havana

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 15 December 2022 — Throwing a bucket of water off the balcony, burning a doll or painting the house are some of the traditions that Cubans turn to every December so that, when January arrives, the problems of the previous year don’t pass to the new one. It is a … Continue reading “A Foreign Currency Store for Mexican Paint Supplies, ‘Proudly Cuban,’ Opens in Havana”

The Mexican Richmeat Company Will Have Another Factory in Cuba, Without Explaining Where the Meat Will Come From

14ymedio, Havana, 19 November 2022 — On Thursday, the directors of the meat company Richmeat de Cuba, S.A., which operates with Mexican capital, laid the cornerstone of its new factory in the Mariel Special Development Zone, with an opening expected in 2027. This is an extension of its facilities, which have been using Cuban labor … Continue reading “The Mexican Richmeat Company Will Have Another Factory in Cuba, Without Explaining Where the Meat Will Come From”

16.537 Pesos für ein einfaches, in Kuba hergestelltes Mobiltelefon

Note to our English language readers: As an experiment, TranslatingCuba is going to post other language translations in among the English language articles. Should there be enough translations to warrant it, we will create a new site for a new language. 14ymedio, Havanna, 15. September 2022 — Ab nächsten Montag können Kubaner ein von der … Continue reading “16.537 Pesos für ein einfaches, in Kuba hergestelltes Mobiltelefon”

Thousands of Cubans in Pinar del Rio are Still Without Electricity Almost 50 Days After Hurricane Ian

14ymedio, Madrid, 14 November 2022 — Pinar del Río’s recovery work after the passage of Hurricane Ian never ends. It has been almost 50 days since the hurricane landed in La Coloma, one of the westernmost points on the Island, and there are still 3,673 people without electricity, according to the latest update published this … Continue reading “Thousands of Cubans in Pinar del Rio are Still Without Electricity Almost 50 Days After Hurricane Ian”