The Varonas are two sisters that live in two houses in a small village far outside the city of Holguin, Cuba.
L. and son Cristian.
Corrugated steel panels for roofing is typical.
The door in the distance is the outhouse and has no running water.
M. lives on the same dirt road a few houses away.
The sisters wash clothes together because there is only one washing machine.
The white rectangular unit next to the red barrel is an old Soviet washing machine. It is increasingly difficult to find repair parts and new Chinese models cost over 250 cuc.
Proud people, the women keep their houses neat and clean.
On the distant outskirts of Trinidad, Cuba, my fellow travelers and I discovered a group of eight women making baskets. One woman, obviously the boss, invited us into the old cattle barn and allowed us to photograph.
This woman was stripping the stalks in half lengthwise.
Bundles of material ready to weave.
Working near a window for the light.
This woman never looked up from her work. Not knowing who we were, I think she was a bit afraid to stop.
Mercedes is a 78-year-old living with her daughter in Centro Habana who worked as a retail administrator. (manager)
Ninety-one year old Celistina has 7 children and 14 grandchildren.
She lives quite comfortably with one son on the fourth floor of a “modern” (circa 1960) apartment building in Centro Habana.
She is the grandmother of my friend Juan Carlos.
The little spark-plug named Luisa keeps her age a secret. She’s always talking and always asking for something. She lives with her daughter is a small two room apartment on San Miguel in Havana Centro.
Ulyses is a 41 Year old truck driver from Centro Habana
From the street, one enters the doorway on the right and climbs the stairs.
He lives on the third floor with his wife and one child.
Cubans always have music.
Franco is quite a character. Always moving and always talking, he calls himself an importer. His store, where he sells religious articles, can be found on Calle Gervasio in Centro Havana.
Franco also has for sale many antiques that he has accumulated over the years.
A long hallway, exposed to the sky, leads to his apartment.
Well equipped kitchen.
Franco and his daughter.