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Cuba's new entrepreneurs say times are tough

3 November 2011 Last updated at 18:15 GMT

Small businesses in Cuba began to spring up about a year ago, after the government launched a programme of free market reforms aimed at kick-starting the island's socialist economy.

After more than 50 years of restrictions, private enterprises were granted more licences, the freedom to market some products, and greater flexibility to hire employees.

But one year on, many Cuban entrepreneurs say they are struggling in a challenging business environment.

Liliet Heredero reports.