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Cuban entrepreneurs try their luck at private businesses

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Cubans wait to order their meals at Tio Tito in Havana, Cuba Sept. 27, 2011. Taking its colour scheme from American fast food giant McDonald's the small restaurant is one of many that have opened up since recent economic reforms in Cuba have allowed for some private enterprise to exist.

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Cubans wait to order their meals at The Perfect Play in Havana, Cuba Sept. 27, 2011. The small restaurant has adopted a baseball theme that pays homage to the much loved local team the Industriales.

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Lazaro Rafael, 31, repairs cars on the street outside his home in Havana, Cuba Sept. 30, 2011. Rafael specializes in fixing the newer European and Asian made cars that have become more prevalent in Cuba in recent years.

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Bureacrats process applications for small business licences at the Employment and Social Services Office in Plaza Revolucion in Havana, Cuba Sept. 27, 2011.

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Applicants wait outside as bureacrats process applications for small business licences at the Employment and Social Services Office in Plaza Revolucion in Havana, Cuba Sept. 27, 2011.

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Bureacrats process applications for small business licences at the Employment and Social Services Office in Plaza Revolucion in Havana, Cuba Sept. 27, 2011.

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