Change Making: Business Opportunity in Cuba

Photo by ornitholoco

Havana Times:

“You lose 20 and win 40,” touted this almost 50-year-old man. Nice looking and well dressed, he was standing at the stop for the “P line” bus, the heaviest trafficked route in the capital city.

What he was offering was a chance for each individual to change 1.00 peso for 0.80 cents, which would mean a 20 cent profit for him, and 40 cents ending up in their pocket. Otherwise they’d have to drop the whole peso in the box and get back nothing.

He was armed with a sealed metal box — carried securely in both hands — that was full of change and that discreetly called would-be passengers’ attention as he circulated among the crowd.

Photo by ornitholoco.

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