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Cigar factories – great idea!
Big question I have here – as the Cuban economy opens up more, perhaps some of the regulations, like the 90/10 rule here, may start to fall down. Is Robaina equipped to re-formulate their business model – perhaps by moving more of the value chain in house? Or will they/should they continue to operate in a similar fashion to how they do now?
Very interesting article! Like DeJeune, I’m not yet sure of how I feel on the private sector’s ability to really achieve a double or triple bottom line, but I’d love to believe that it is indeed possible. My biggest question seems similar to Akash’s – though they’re able to scale, are they truly delivering a quality education? With the little that I know about the education systems in developing countries in general, I’d guess that simply getting students and teachers into the classroom is a huge improvement to the status quo, but how can they both achieve low costs while also ensuring quality learning? Secondly, though $6 does seem low, I’d also guess that it prices out a significant portion of the population. Are students who are unable to pay simply stuck in their public schools? Is there a way to build in any non-tuition sources of revenue? For example, a school that I volunteered at in Nepal had parents donate 5 hours per month to the school in place of tuition, and the parents would use that time to tend to a school farm, growing crops that could then be sold. Might something like this work for Bridge?