When there is no opportunity to earn enough money to adequately feed and clothe your children, when the electric bill cannot be paid, when the water bill is in arrears, and when there’s no money for prescription medicines, hard choices have to be made.
Many Cubans do not have anything to sell on the black market and they have no relatives in free countries to supply them with the necessities of life.
There are a lot of Cubans caught in this way of life. Many of them are African or Afro-Cuban, descendants of the thousands of slaves who were forced to work in the fields harvesting sugar cane or tobacco.
This is the only means of cooking in one Trinidad Home.
Table and chairs made of plywood and re-bar. Also an antenna strategically placed to provide the best reception for a very small and old television.
Outdoor drums provide storage for the water used to flush the toilet.
Barbed wire clothesline.
The electric bill, 186 pesos. Over 40% of the family’s monthly income.