During the last year, along with the effects of COVID-19, Cuban self-employed workers have had to face circumstances as diverse as the worsening of the U.S. blockade, the elimination of the dual currency system, and the expansion of authorized economic activities for the private sector.

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With the expansion of the Internet in Cuba, not only did the use of social networking sites grow. At the same time, the development of national alternatives in terms of mobile applications and services also increased, most of them as a version of the already existing “popular” ones, to provide solutions to specific issues.

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Innovation, entrepreneurship and science are three essential concepts in the search for a cure against COVID-19 in Cuba. Which is why it is one of the leading countries in developing vaccine candidates and applying health protocols and effective treatments.

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In addition to the alliances with Cuban and foreign businesses and the launch of the home delivery service in times of pandemic, Jíbaro Bar-Restaurant is developing its line of “ready-to-drink” cocktails – a first of their kind in Cuba – and an associated recycling program that rewards its participants.

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Several sites, from buildings in the historical center of Havana, to private businesses, boast walls, stairs and floors created by Tania and her team, under the brand Antique Colonial. Constant reinvention, readiness and dedication allows the success of this business to be appreciated in every step.

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The reduced space of 36 square meters visible to the public swarms with people, as customers constantly come and go between the cake stand, the counter, and the tables arranged around the sides of one of Santa Marta, Varadero’s best-known and most successful businesses. Its name is also singular: Cafeccino.

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