Fermin’s Three Sisters

Fermin Rodriguez Rodriguez, 59, speaks about the sisters he left behind in Cuba. AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Fermin Rodriguez Rodriguez, 59, speaks about the sisters he left behind in Cuba.
AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Five years ago, Fermin Rodriguez Rodriguez left his native Cuba for the United States.

“Here, I have arrived to… I have found a new life,” the 59-year-old said as he stood inside Orlando Latin Market. “I have seen a lot of future ahead for my children and their studies.”

Everything here, Rodriguez said, is a benefit to everyone. Rodriguez, who is originally from Trinidad, a town in central Cuba, juggles his time between family and two jobs.

His face partly shaded by a hat, Rodriguez said life is going well. He now has his own home.

But, as with many aspects of life, it comes at a cost.

“I have had to work and struggle — just like everyone else struggles — to have a future,” he said.

To continue reading this story — and hear Rodriguez speak — visit Bodega Stories.

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