September 17, 2018 17:06 IST

From fishing to tying hair, use of condom in Cuba goes far beyond sex

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Stylist Sandra Hernandez shows condoms used as as hairbands Cubans use them to fish, ferment wine, fix punctures or tie up hair; latex condoms have become the ultimate multipurpose tool on the Communist-run island where shortages of basic goods have forced locals to become masters of invention. Decades of U.S. trade sanctions and a dysfunctional Soviet-style, centralized economy mean the aisles of Cuba's shops are often glaringly bare. And when available, imports that are sold at a steep markup by the state or on the black market may be too expensive for those on an average state wage of $30 per month. Stylist Sandra Hernandez shows condoms used as as hairbands in her hairdressing salon in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
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Welder Heriberto Lopez throws inflated condoms for fishing Welder Heriberto Lopez (R) throws inflated condoms carrying baited hooks for fishing in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
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Condoms used in the process of wine production Condoms used in the process of wine production are seen in a makeshift winery in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
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Ana Carbajal shows packages of medicine tied together with a condom Ana Carbajal shows packages of medicine tied together with a condom at her home in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
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A child carries an inflated condom during the May Day rally A child carries an inflated condom during the May Day rally in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
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A vintage car passes by an inflated condom A vintage car passes by an inflated condom on the street in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
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Stylist Sandra Hernandez uses a condom as hairbands Stylist Sandra Hernandez (R) uses a condom as hairbands in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters
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Orestes Estevez shows the production of wine Orestes Estevez shows the production of wine in his makeshift winery in Havana, Cuba. Credit: Reuters