Cuban women trying to run business in Communist island have message for Rubio

Cuban entrepreneurs hope U.S. lawmakers consider implications of new policy

By Hatzel Vela - Cuba Correspondent

HAVANA - Niuris Higueras is among the four Cuban women entrepreneurs who co-authored an opinion piece that The Miami Herald published this week

Higuera runs Atelier, a restaurant in Havana's Vedado neighborhood. She worked with Yamina Vicente, Julia De La Rosa Quesada and Marla Recio to write "U.S. policy is hurting Cuba's entrepreneurs."

They believe from experience that President Donald Trump's new policy. She said running her restaurant under the current restrictions is a balancing act.

With fewer American customers, she said the restaurant is operating at 30 percent occupancy and they are just getting by. 

"We just want to comment on our point of view," Higuera said.

They want to make sure Sen. Marco Rubio, who is reportedly the architect of the new policy towards Cuba, considers their side. They have also traveled to Washington. Vicente, who runs Decorazon Decorating, said all she wants to do is work.

 

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