Wider Image: U.S. - Cuba thaw: voices from the street
Pascual Montero, 86, who collects plastic containers from restaurants and resells them, smokes a cigar while posing in front of the Cuban and U.S. flags in Havana, March 25, 2016. Regarding Obama's historic visit to the island, Montero said, "It was perfect and I have hopes that some day a lot of problems can be resolved." Struggling under a U.S. embargo and still only cautiously emerging from a Soviet-style economy that prohibited almost all private enterprise, many Cubans find it hard to make ends meet. Residents of Havana hope that U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba last month will bring material improvements to their lives. Picture taken March 25, 2016. SEARCH "CUBA THAW" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.