Small business owners in Cuba outraged by new government decree
Many have felt forced to give up their business and consequently, their livelihood.
A new decree announced by the Cuban government has caused great indignation among the self-employed in the Island.In addition to high tax rates, the prohibition of the sale of imported products, and harassment from police and inspectors has already forced a large number of small business owners to surrender their licenses.
According to official figures, there are just under 450,000 “cuentapropistsa,” or self-employed/small business owners in Cuba right now. That is a very small fraction on an island of 11 million people.
Now a large number of people will be forced to look for alternative means to make a living and sustain their income.
Vanessa Ruiz reports.