July 4, 2012
Cuban pensioner Raul Perez Sanchez sells peanuts on a street in Havana. Perez Sanchez, 80, who retired from his job as cook at the University of Havana, receives a state pension of 200 Cuban pesos per month, or about $8. He is one of many taking advantage of the country's economic reforms that now allow small entrepreneurs, such as street vendors, to operate private businesses. Perez Sanchez makes an average of $2 to $3 per day selling the nuts; after paying a monthly tax of $6 to the government, he takes the rest home to his family of seven daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Enrique de la Osa