Stigma dogs businessmen going it alone in Cuba

Cuban private hairdresser Gilberto Valladares talks with the AFP in Havana, on April 13, 2016Anywhere else, Gilberto Valladares would pass for a small businessman with a sense of social responsibility, but in Cuba the hairdresser is stigmatized as “anti-revolutionary” because he has prospered on his own. “Papito” Valladares, who is 46 and sports a buzz cut, worked as a barber for the communist state for 12 years before going into business for himself in 1999.

Share this article