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The new era of private companies begins in Cuba

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL  - With the same patience with which she has been weaving vegetable fiber furniture for 25 years, Mirna Rivera studies the requirements that the Cuban government applies since Monday to those seeking to set up private companies, weighing whether it is in her best interest to transform her hitherto prosperous family business.

"We know about small and medium-sized businesses, but we don't have enough information to get into a company," Mirna, 49, told AFP.

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